Different Ways of Working
Interview with Pavel Hlaváč, currently Head of the SP – Human Resources Planning department, who retired on May 31 after four decades
How has the area of Human Resources Management changed during your time at ŠKODA AUTO?
There are differences, of course. First, there was the era without personal computers, but I was lucky, and one of the first ones was in my office. After that, the first SAP systems were introduced. Working with data made our planning easier for us, and it has remained so to this day. The more information and processed data we have, the more effectively we can manage our tasks. However, the carmaker has made the most progress in internationalisation. Our 50 nationalities in various job positions represent a great scope not only for human resources. Speed, flexibility and decision-making in negotiations with the KOVO Trade Union are at a completely different level. We can jointly and immediately respond to the company’s needs.
ŠKODA AUTO celebrates 30 years since its merger with the VW Group. What are the most significant changes it has brought from your point of view?
We are a strong company in the European environment. Therefore, we must also support our employees abroad, during their business trips and when they return home. It was very important not to wait for what the labour market would bring. Our staff are highly qualified thanks to our support of the vocational school and other schools. A separate chapter was the establishment of our ŠKODA AUTO University and the transfer of corporate education to its higher level of quality. The demands for our employees’ skills have changed very quickly; however, luckily, we were often able to rely on the VW Group’s experiences.
What do you think the carmaker should focus on in its HR area in the coming years in order to maintain its competitiveness?
It is certainly not common for someone to stay in a similar position for as long as I have. There will still be a great fight for talent and experts in all the jobs. If we get them, we have to keep and motivate them. Not only our remuneration system, but also work–life balance will play a role in this regard in the future. We should evaluate the situation in the time of COVID-19 as well, since one of the greatest challenges for the future will be to deal with different ways of doing work.
What would be your message to the ŠKODA employees?
I wish all employees could experience the same successful years with the ŠKODA brand as I’ve had the honour to have. ED