Past event

Communicating with young employees about their financial future

On 1 April, the BPCC and IGTE, the Polish association of pension funds, organised a joint meeting of the CSR and Human Resources policy groups, focused on the latest trends in employee communications.

In particular, the meeting discussed how best to keep firms’ young employees informed about their pensions and finances.

The discussion was attended by over 30 representatives of companies, working in either the HR or CSR functions.

Aleksandra Stanek-Kowalczyk, senior consultant at Deloitte’s Sustainable Development Department, set out the latest trends in CSR, as well as the challenges related to the employment of persons born in the mid-1980s onward, the so-called Millennial Generation.

Małgorzata Rusewicz, the president of IGTE, talked about the changing labour market from the perspective of the pension systems. Best practices in companies such as Tesco and Provident Polska were presented during the panel discussion that followed.

Tesco was represented by Małgorzata Tokarz, project manager engaged in the development and operation of educational projects as part of the firm’s Academy for the Young training programme. She stressed the importance of engaging employees in creating new solutions in the company through the creation of project groups for young panel employees where their -- often very innovative – ideas can be brought up and then implemented.

Beata Bardoni, HR director at Provident Polska, explained the firm’s development programmes for its employees. To develop the skills and competencies of its managers, Provident has a created a dedicated department in which the most talented employees are prepared for key positions. As part of this, an international programme called Aspire gives senior managers the chance to work for short periods in Provident’s offices in other countries.

One of the biggest challenges facing all employers is to manage multi-generational teams – this requires openness and commitment on both sides, participants stressed. The young generation wants to be heard and understood, and socially engaged.

The need to deepen the employees’ knowledge of the current shape of the pension system and possible ways of saving for future retirement was explained. The idea of building an educational programme for long-term retirement savings – directed especially at young people – met with the approval of the participants.

In this context, IGTE presented its CSR project called Azymut, aimed at giving young people a comprehensive knowledge of finding employment, planning their careers and ensuring their financial security after their retirement.