Magazine article Management Review

What Future European Recruits Want

Magazine article Management Review

What Future European Recruits Want

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Managers in Eastern Europe will need to listen more closely to ideas coming from subordinates, while their Western European counterparts will need to put more smiles on their faces, according to two studies by Stockholm-based Universum, a media and communications company that assists corporations in understanding young professionals and graduates.

One of the studies, conducted recently among 1,098 final-year business and engineering students from Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary, found that 65 percent of the respondents conceive their ideal manager to be "receptive to their subordinate's ideas." Thirty-seven percent prefer managers who have "solid experiences from working in the industry," and 34 percent prefer those who are good at "rational decision making." In comparison, respondents in Western Europe in a 1996 survey were reported to emphasize the importance of "humor and social skills." A total of 7,500 business and engineering students from 14 countries were polled in this survey.

To attract and retain top talent in both regions, it is important to learn what is on their minds. More than half of the respondents in Eastern Europe favor a working environment in which they enjoy socializing with the people. …

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