Gabriela Neamtu, MOL Romania: #futureofwork, strategy & biggest challenges

Deniza Cristian 21/01/2022 | 16:43

A Speaker in the All-Star | Employer Branding panel at BR’s recent Working Romania HR Conference, Gabriela Neamtu, Head of Corporate Center & HR at MOL Romania, shares some insights about their strategy and organizational culture, that create a safe and satisfying place for the employees, and how does this help the company.

 

For MOL Romania, Gabriela Neamtu, Head of Corporate Center & HR, says that in times of crisis and uncertainty, keeping people informed is key and the way the message is delivered is very important.  “We, at MOL, tried to give our employees relevant information, and we did this by sending them newsletters about Covid and pandemic evolution, legislative changes that could affect them, but also about how our company adapted to these tough times.” Also, because wellbeing is certainly a way to motivate employees and to hold them, she mentions: “We kept open the communication with HR and we organized sessions “Ask HR” with every department from the organization and we launched Yammer as a communication channel, to share news, resources, and to connect with our colleagues, to understand how they feel and if they have what they need in order to work properly.”

When it comes to keeping or finding the talented people an organization needs in order to grow and thrive, Gabriela Neamtu shares some tips & tricks: “We, at MOL Romania, look at the essence and try to find the things that have deep roots which define our organizational culture. 5 years ago we’ve launched a program Culture 2030 through which we desire to align our culture with a new strategy that we want to implement by 2030. The first step was to understand our current organizational culture and all the different practices through which we operate, and the second was the need of the right people, with a set of skills that suits our ambitious and unconventional strategy.” In other words, the right people help the organization, and the organizational culture grows the right people.

 

The future of work & the biggest challenges

The #futureofwork is a bit uncertain at the moment, due to the continuous digital transformations we are going through, and Gabriela Neamtu explains: “The future is anchored in digital and the technology will become a strong ally that will transform even more the relationship between the employer and the employee and will facilitate the way of working. This digital transformation already affected many areas in the relationship with the employee, from recruiting process, onboarding online, training, to the forms through which we keep our colleagues connected in this work-from-home situation.” The trajectory of the way we live and work is changing and she says that the challenge for the organizations is to „create wellbeing programs in order to fulfill the needs of its employees and it has to be addressed for mental health, social, physical, and financial wellbeing.”

 

How does the ideal candidate look for MOL Romania

When talking about the ideal candidate, Gabriela Neamtu sustains that it is more about what the company offers to the ideal candidate in order to identify him: “Working by the motto Culture has the strategy for breakfast, we’ve created the Culture 2030 program that supports our strategy and its mission is to approach the values and the main processes of our company for it to be successful. So, when we are searching for the ideal candidate, besides the set of skills that are necessary for the job, we are looking for congruence with our organizational values. Specifically, we want people with strong skills of communication and collaboration, who put the client first, who have a sense of responsibility, and who want to do their best.” Moreover, she admits that by finding people who resonate with the organizational culture, they, as employees, will be more satisfied with their job, and this helps the company, as well.

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