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Milan Marković, General Manager, Smurfit Kappa Belgrade

Returning Treated Water to the Danube

Here Milan Marković, General Manager of Smurfit Kappa Belgrade, shares his insights about the company’s legacy and innovative strides in environmental protection Founded in 1921...

Bogdan Gavrilović, Managing Director, WTO Serbia

Transport and Logistics Without Borders

World Transport Overseas is one of the fastest-growing logistics companies in Eastern Europe, with branches in Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Serbia,...

Vesna Jovanović, Director, EurologSystem

Connecting Italy and Serbia by Rail

EurologSystem, which is set to commemorate two decades of successful operations in 2025, transports an average of 500,000 tons of goods annually, primarily agricultural...

Branko Milikić, Business Development Director at Halcom Serbia

Innovations in Digital Banking

Halcom is a leader in the domain of digital banking and banking solutions. This company has spent 30 years enabling the safe and efficient...

Dragana Ašić Ratkovac, Business Manager Consulting & Tax Advisor at Unija Consulting d.o.o. Beograd

Our View of the Tax World and What’s Important

The success of companies in today’s world depends, among other things, on the ability to adapt to constant amendments to tax laws. My experience...

Marina Rakić, HR Director, MK Group

We Fight For Our Talented People

A large number of employers in Serbia are already importing labour to fill lower positions. At the same time, automation processes are being implemented that don’t necessarily imply a reduction in the workforce, but rather also the re-educating of the existing workforce for new jobs.

The search for a high-quality workforce has always been topical. The aim of every employer is to find the best candidates on the market, to motivate and retain them. Over the past 20 years, however, a real struggle for talent has been playing out on the global market, and for several reasons. The liberalisation of the world market has led to greater movements of people seeking attractive jobs.

Digitalisation has led to the disappearance of some jobs, but also to the emergence of new positions that didn’t even exist until recently. Furthermore, we have seen an acceleration of business processes and faster cycles of change, which in turn leads to more frequent transformations within organisations. From the perspective of human resources, the departure of people to attractive markets has made it more difficult to find people for a large number of positions, while digitalisation has led to people with completely new knowhow and skills being sought. With competition greater than ever before, people’s costs are also rising year-onyear. Serbia, like all other countries, is not excluded from this global process.

When it comes to the further direction, companies must primarily invest more in their own workforce and follow trends that make them an attractive employer. At MK Group, we strive to secure not only adequate earnings, but also education, training and other benefits for employees, as well as to work continuously to build an organisational culture that supports innovation and growth.

The best way for any employer to handle these challenges is to invest in people, in the broadest sense, and in a culture that supports growth and development

Modern business operations require companies to encourage people to develop, but also to provide them with opportunities to learn continuously and gain new experiences. I will mention that MK Group has, among other things, just implemented its one-year Digital Academy project, and we will continue with this practise in the years ahead. This project has been conceived with the aim of developing talent and improving the knowhow and experience of employees. During the nine months that the Digital Academy lasted, seven of the most talented experts from the MK Group system had an opportunity, through nine modules, to acquaint themselves with the most modern technology in agriculture, to operate drones, but also to improve their agronomic knowledge and managerial skills through training in project management, business processes and financial management.

Viewed on the whole, large migrations of populations are inevitable, which is why a large number of employers in Serbia are already importing labour for lower positions. Although we are just at the beginning, there is every chance that this process will continue and accelerate. In parallel with that, automation processes are being implemented that don’t necessarily imply a reduction in the workforce, but rather also the re-educating of the existing workforce for new jobs. That’s actually why it’s important to have understanding and to build your own personnel and talented workers.

By Emmanuel B. Nyirinkindi, IFC's Vice President of Cross-Cutting Solutions

Public-Private Partnerships Key to Serbia’s Green Future

Five years ago, dark, polluted water with a foul smell trickled down from the Vinča landfill, sending toxic pollutants into the Danube. The landfill,...

Comment by Zoran Panovic

Growth Plan

Late April saw the European Parliament give the green light to the Growth Plan for the Western Balkans, with the Council of the European...

Dr Aleksandar Mitić, Institute for International Politics and Economy

Cooperation with China Raised to the Highest Level in Europe

Both Germany and France desire close cooperation with China, so any criticism of Serbia’s close relations with China is an example of double standards I...

Slobodan Zečević Ph.D, Institute for European Studies

Delicate Seesaw

France and Germany have contrasting views on cooperation with China, but the internal reasons for such views don’t automatically relate to their stance regarding...

Mickoski Proposes New Government for North Macedonia

Hristijan Mickoski, leader of VMRO-DPMNE and the designated Prime Minister of North Macedonia, has formally submitted his proposed cabinet...

King Frederick X Inaugurates First Section of Undersea Tunnel Connecting Denmark and Germany

King Frederick X of Denmark has inaugurated the first segment of the ambitious 18-kilometre Fehmarn Belt tunnel beneath the...

Belgrade Hotel Union Sold for €6.2 Million

Hotel Union, a historic landmark in Belgrade, has been sold for 727 million dinars (€6.2 million) at a public...

French Firms Suez and Vinci to Oversee Wastewater Treatment in Belgrade

The Serbian government has enlisted French companies Suez International SAS and Vinci Construction Grands Projets for the design, construction,...

Dušan Živković Named New CEO of Elektroprivreda Srbije

Elektroprivreda Srbije (EPS) has announced the appointment of Dušan Živković as its new Chief Executive Officer, following a decision...

Mickoski Proposes New Government for North Macedonia

Hristijan Mickoski, leader of VMRO-DPMNE and the designated Prime Minister of North Macedonia, has formally submitted his proposed cabinet...

King Frederick X Inaugurates First Section of Undersea Tunnel Connecting Denmark and Germany

King Frederick X of Denmark has inaugurated the first segment of the ambitious 18-kilometre Fehmarn Belt tunnel beneath the...

Belgrade Hotel Union Sold for €6.2 Million

Hotel Union, a historic landmark in Belgrade, has been sold for 727 million dinars (€6.2 million) at a public...

Public-Private Partnerships Key to Serbia’s Green Future

Five years ago, dark, polluted water with a foul smell trickled down from the Vinča landfill, sending toxic pollutants...

German Voters Dominate, Malta Least Represented in Upcoming European Parliament Elections

As the 2024 European Parliament elections draw near, set to take place from 6 to 9 June, Eurostat has...

Mickoski Proposes New Government for North Macedonia

Hristijan Mickoski, leader of VMRO-DPMNE and the designated Prime Minister of North Macedonia, has formally submitted his proposed cabinet...

King Frederick X Inaugurates First Section of Undersea Tunnel Connecting Denmark and Germany

King Frederick X of Denmark has inaugurated the first segment of the ambitious 18-kilometre Fehmarn Belt tunnel beneath the...

Belgrade Hotel Union Sold for €6.2 Million

Hotel Union, a historic landmark in Belgrade, has been sold for 727 million dinars (€6.2 million) at a public...

Public-Private Partnerships Key to Serbia’s Green Future

Five years ago, dark, polluted water with a foul smell trickled down from the Vinča landfill, sending toxic pollutants...

German Voters Dominate, Malta Least Represented in Upcoming European Parliament Elections

As the 2024 European Parliament elections draw near, set to take place from 6 to 9 June, Eurostat has...
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