In this blog series, we are going to interview all our Partners and learn how the pandemic is affecting different countries around the globe. 

Sowelo Consulting joined InHunt World in January 2017 and was one of the first Partners to join our brand new network back in the days. Since 2008 Sowelo has helped their customers to grow their businesses in the Polish market by finding the right people. 

Last week, we had a chance to talk with Adam Lyko (CEO of Sowelo Consulting, Partner of InHunt World in Poland), and we asked him a few questions: 

First of all, how are you? We hope you and your family have stayed healthy during this pandemic.

Thank You, we are all fine.

How’s Poland at the moment, or how has it been the last 6 – 7 months? 

Some industries are getting better (f.ex. IT), but many restaurants, gyms, music clubs, event agencies, barbershops, hotels..etc.. are still in recession.

And what about business and the general atmosphere? How the companies are holding up, have there been a lot of layoffs?  

Yes, there is a number of companies that decided to reduce the number of headcount, cost-cutting policies, hiring freeze, etc. are a new normal.

How do you see the end of 2020? And what about 2021?

Everyone is hoping COVID will be under control before the end of 2020. A lot of projects and investments were put on hold, so many business owners hopes, the economy will start to recover some point in time in the first half of 2021.

What do you think about the future? What is going to be biggest difference in Poland when you compare the situation before the pandemic and the possible situation after?

Work from home is a new normal. Many companies found out that people may stay at home and be more productive vs. office. We still don’t know if this is because of the better work-life balance, or maybe people just started to value their jobs more once they find out about the crisis, mass layoffs, etc. If companies decide to move to a 100% WFH model and terminate their current rent contracts, rents for commercial space may drop down dramatically… these changes may be the trigger for some significant lifestyle changes as well. You don’t need to pay 1mln zł for a 100 m2 apartment in Krakow any longer. You can buy a 300 m2 house near the lake in the mountains for the same price, away from the big-city noise, around 120 km away, and visit town once per week when necessary. 

What kind of roles do you think companies are going to need the most after the pandemic? Do you think there’s some big difference before and after COVID regarding recruitment and headhunting?

I would rather talk about skills, not type of jobs:

– ability to manage remote teams (new management style, new tools, and platforms)

– creativity/ pivoting (solution design, problem-solving, brainstorming, quick adoption, and transformation of the business according to new legal standards)

– self-learning (e-learning), self-starter – rapid adoption of new skills, knowledge, and platforms

– mental-awareness (ability to get things done under stress, stress-control, mindfulness)

What tips would you have for foreign job seekers who would like to come and work in Poland?

I would put on hold answering this question, the situation is very dynamic, and it is challenging to predict anything. In general, people who have stable jobs at the moment there are not going to move anywhere shortly. If you don’t have a job and plan to go to Poland – there are still companies hiring here, mainly in the IT space. 

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