A rising demand for employees in Turkey indicates that the global economic crisis is having less and less of an impact on the country’s economy, according to the chairman of a prominent career website.
“The crisis [effects] have diminished and the [need for] employees has risen,” Okan Tütüncü, the general director of Secretcv.com, one of Turkey’s first human resources websites, said in a press meeting Tuesday that was organized to announce the change of the company’s logo.
HR Excellence Awards 2011 - Best HR strategy from overseas: Turkcell
In 2010, Turkcell, the leading operator of mobile communications and technology in Turkey, changed its employee proposition to 'I have much more in Turkcell' to underpin its new customer positioning, 'More life with Turkcell'.
As part of the strategy, the 78-strong HR team focused on six pillars: more career, more support, more sharing, more appreciation, more joy and more development. Behind each of these pillars sit tools that create a difference in employees' lives, making them feel valuable. These include: SMS and business assessment tools at recruitment level; internal communication tools, such as blogs, LCD panels in every office, quarterly CEO presentations and volunteering; employee suggestion schemes; the Turkcell Academy and a talent management system that has resulted in an internal promotion rate of 87%.
Women in Turkey are happier than men, according to recent data that has contradicted academics' opinions that argue the report is a manipulation tool that only proves people are happy about Turkish policies.
According to a study called “Women in Statistics,” while 53 percent of women are happy, 51 percent of men are happy in Turkey.
The study, called “Life Sufficiency Search,” showed that 31.2 percent of women are happy about their income, while 28.2 percent of men are happy about their income.
Emphasizing that happiness is parallel to human satisfaction with economic growth, Ali Çarkoğlu, a political scientist from Koç University, said the report is intentionally being used to show that the government is running the country well.
In its report the newspaper quoted a leading professor from İstanbul Bilgi University and claimed that there are now 200,000 European Union citizens employed in Turkey.
Migration into Turkey from Europe, where a number of members of the euro common currency area have been struggling with serious debt crises since the global financial crisis erupted in 2008, has greatly increased because of still-present economic difficulties, the Turkish Sabah daily said on Sunday.
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The current economic environment has forced CEOs to focus almost all of their attention on revenues and profitability. They must be very aware of what competitors are doing— and competitors can be anywhere in the world. Additionally, executives are watching the government for indications of changing regulations and tax issues.
There are some companies that encourage employees to have a healthy work-life balance. A happy worker, so goes the thinking, is a productive worker.Yet, with the rise of social media, there is more personal information about individuals available on the web than ever before.As a result, the lines between work, and the rest of life have never been more blurred.
"HR people tend not to be very analytical; they don’t do numbers." This is how one consultant describes his relationship with a human resources director client.But although heads of HR are often respected for being “people people”, the job is increasingly analytical.HR departments already have access to significant sources of data, especially via companywide back office systems, such as those provided by enterprise resource planning (ERP) software.But businesses are looking to supplement the basic data, such as the number of people employed and the hours they work, with broader information.
John Sweeney makes no bones about it. “Thirty years ago, HR was a backwater operation,” says the human resources veteran who now works at the Society for Human Resources Management near Washington.
“It was totally paper-oriented. In the old days you used to put an [advertisement] in the paper, saying ‘we need 10 widget makers or a senior executive’, then you would wait seven days and when the mail comes in you started looking through the résumés.”