Covid-19 and the Butterfly Effect on Work – Business Mixer Month

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It all started when we less expected, from a tiny particle that was about to change our lives in such a measure that our world turned upside down. The reverberations of Covid-19 pandemic can be felt in all the fields of activity from business to education, from economy to gender equality, from social care to climate action, and on every corner of the world.

The pandemic has hit the pause button on business as usual and forced the mankind to readapt, rethink and reevaluate the way of working. We learned to readapt in a hurry to the future of work: we fast forwarded the digitalization, automatization and WFH was no longer seen as a benefit.

After almost a year of continuing to discover new things and adapting to them, we can definitely say that the world of work, as we knew it, will never be the same again.

What will our work life will look like? What is the future of our offices and how will we reinvent their purposes? Are the employees finding the right work-life balance and how the companies can ensure their wellbeing? Do they have the right skills to dive into the future? WFO, WFH and WFA are here to stay, but how we will manage them? What are the right solutions for maintaining your corporate culture?

We invite you to find the answers to these questions from our experts and your peers in a unique Business Mixer Month with opened sessions every week.

We’ll keep the tradition and dedicate to the local industry closed round table sessions in order to strengthen the community and facilitate the sharing of best practices.

The Butterfly Effect of Coronavirus may redefine the work landscape but it’s up to turn this into a new starting point that will help us grow.

Telework in the post COVID-vaccine era. How will the labor market look after the pandemic?

When COVID-19 restrictions are eventually lifted, employers and workers must decide how much to continue telework. Many will fear going to work, and the share of people working primarily from home will remain elevated. Even after full vaccination, with the economy at full capacity, teleworking rates are likely to remain well above pre-pandemic rates, with major economic and real estate implications. Post-pandemic, the labor market may look very different.
Key topics:

• Can, and should employers, require employee vaccination?
• Back to office or teleworking on the long haul? For many people, telework is the new normal and the choice is clear. According to researches, more than half said that, given the option, they would want to keep working from home even after the pandemic.
• How does the legal framework support teleworking or a hybrid work model?
• What fiscal facilities are granted to employers?

  • March, 4th
  • 14:00 – 15:00
  • Steelcase
  • Ilinca Popescu
  • Andrei Droc
  • Kinga Pakucs

Changing Expectations and the Future of Work: Insights from the pandemic to create a better work experience

In our lifetimes, we have never collectively experienced a global event like this.
Everything and everyone is changed in some way including how we live, learn and work.
By studying what’s happening and how people are responding across the globe, Steelcase developed insights about what people need and expect from a better work experience moving forward.
We will share what we’ve learned from eight primary studies conducted in 10 countries with more than 32,000 people during the pandemic.
Find out what’s different, what’s the same and what we can learn from experiences around the world.

The Impact of COVID-19 on the Finance Function

“The Impact of COVID-19 on the Finance Function” report, which surveyed 1,481 accounting and financial professionals – provides a snapshot into three main areas of focus:

• The impact of the pandemic on organizations, staffing, and compensation
• The way the pandemic changed the skills needed in finance and the ability for workers to upskill accordingly
• The changing priorities of the finance function around the world

The survey found that the pandemic has predictably lessened compensation and employment. Most of the survey respondents have had a reduction in their compensation this year, whether in salary, bonus, or both. Further, approximately half of the companies surveyed have let a portion of their staff go. The hardest hit companies were those in the tourism, travel, and hospitality industry, and those with more than $10 billion in revenue.
There was significant concern among survey respondents as to whether their current skills will be relevant in the post-COVID-19 era. As a result, there has been an uptick in professionals working to gain new skills: 75% of the accounting and finance professionals surveyed are enhancing their job skills, including cost management, decision support, and performance management.

  • March 10th
  • March 17th
  • March 24th
  • March 31st
  • 10:00 – 12:00

HR Round Table – Closed Event
WORK in progress

If you want to participate, please e-mail us at

For sure 2020 will be remembered in many ways, but the HR teams, will especially remember it as a crucial point when they had to face unexpected challenges and when all the business was put to test. Definitely, the way of working and managing employees will never be the same again. But this year it’s time to consolidate and reevaluate our direction.

This is why we aim to bring together, around the same virtual round table HRs from Romania’s main regions, in order to discuss their concerns, to share solutions and good practices on what was done in the past, what challenges did they faced and how they see the future of work. Some of the topics that will be addressed in the event are:

• Recruiting the right people
• Learning and Development
• Performance management
• Reshaping employee experience
• Workforce planning and strategy (Critical roles, skill pools, talent systems/tools)

Companies should be represented at this event by HR Leaders /Head of HR (max. 2 representatives per ABSL company). This is a closed event; the discussions will not be shared to the public.

  • March, 11th
  • 11:00 – 12:00
  • Kristīne Metuzāle
  • Mārtiņš Sūna

Thrive in today’s multilingual world with AI-Powered language technologies

Difficulties to find multilingual talent? Want to improve multilingual communication between your staff and customers? Don’t let language barrier stand in the way of your business success. Join our webinar to learn how machine translation and virtual assistants can help you to overcome common challenges and run your business service operations time and cost-efficiently. Machine translation can be easily connected to any platform, workflow, website or helpdesk which allows you to instantly communicate in multilingual environment and access information in your native language, so you don’t have to worry about language barriers slowing down business ever again.

  • March 12th
  • March 26th
  • 10:00 – 11:30

Leaders Round Table – Closed Event
What’s the New Leadership Agenda?

If you want to participate, please e-mail us at

It’s been a year since the pandemic turned upside down our private and professional lives, forcing us to continuously adapt and face new challenges. Even from the beginning all the eyes turned to the business leaders in search of an answer, a direction or simply, a reassurance that everything will be all right.

They had to take decisions – sometimes unprecedented ones, to answer questions that never crossed their minds before, to deal with uncertainty and rapid changes and, at the same time, to predict and react to what comes next. Now more than ever, these leaders have a crucial role to play in adapting their business model to the new context, finding practical solutions and game-changing innovations.

What’s the New Leadership Agenda? it’s a virtual round table, dedicated to the leaders of business services industry from Romania’s main regions. Some of the topics that will be addressed in the event are:

• Organize Your People for the New & Future Reality
• Manage the Top Line & Drive Customer Engagement
• Accelerate Digital
• Business evolution last year and this year
• Business models and strategies to suit the next normal
• Short-term needs versus long-term interests

Companies should be represented at this event by their leader – (max. 2 representatives per company). In order to facilitate the free exchange of information, this is a closed event, the discussions will not be shared to the public.
The event will be facilitated by Ciprian Dan, ABSL President

  • March, 18th
  • 11:00 – 12:00
  • JLL Romania
  • Silviana Petre Badea
  • Maria Florea
  • Cezar Florea

Shaping the future of work for a better world

The corporate mindset was already shifting, but the pandemic has now hastened the realization that work is not somewhere you go, but something you do. And it is the workforce – empowered by technology and demanding improved sustainability and individual well-being – who is now driving and accelerating change. As a result, enterprises are more focused than ever on their number one investment: people. In envisaging what the new world of work will look like, it has become clear that real estate is enabling work, workforce and workplace (the 3Ws), the three key dimensions of any successful business strategy.

Understanding your companies exposure to payment fraud.
What is it and what can you do about it.

We often hear in the news about the impact that payment fraud has and the importance of both awareness and protection. We mostly hear about ordinary people being the victim of payment fraud, but what about companies? How are companies exposed to this risk? How big is the risk and what can they do about it?

Paid Analytix developed an AI driven Platform to protect companies against all types of issues in their payments process from regular operational errors to fraud.

Join the session and find out how payment fraud can impact your company. You will understand fraud scenarios in detail, what are the issues with the current solutions and what you can do better to protect yourself.

What you will get out of this session:

1. A better understanding of what fraud is with regards to your company’s payments
2. You will be able to evaluate how exposed you are to this type of fraud
3. You will see solutions to protect yourself against fraud
4. Support from @paidanalytix in your efforts to protect against fraud.

  • March, 25th
  • 11:00 – 12:00
  • Dale Carnegie
  • Mihaela Perianu
  • Denisa Panaite Casu
  • Silviu Andrei Petran
  • Marius Stefan

Employee Engagement in the Digital Transformation Era

What does engagement look like in the digital era and how can you improve it in your organization?
Most digital transformations fail, often due to a lack of alignment and adoption. Changing behaviors, requires communication every step of the way. It’s not enough for your communications platform to communicate—it needs to drive adoption of all your technology, so your workforce uses what you’ve invested in.
Since no one holds the universal answer to this heavy question, we intend to uncover more business insights that will get us closer to practical business approaches and answers, in a debate organized where we would like to see you joining in.

Care for Life Office Concept

Have you ever imagined today’s reality that we’re living in right now? What is the new normal?
It’s new for us as well. But it doesn’t mean we haven’t been prepared for it. As a continuation of the Futureproof platform, we came up with Care for Life Office Concept.
It is a quick explainer of how our buildings are going to function during these new times. You’ll find a few solutions prepared to make you feel safer. And smile more! Even if it’s hidden under the mask.

  • April, 1st
  • 14:00 – 15:00
  • Regina Maria
  • Georgiana Andrei
  • Bogdana Buhoș
  • Alexandra Pirvulescu

The body, mind and soul of the organization. And the means to care for them all.

On April 1st, you’ll learn how you can help your employees keep their body and mind in good health, from screening campaigns to support programs, and what are the latest trends in wellbeing. Our two guests are: Georgiana Andrei, Corporate Sales Director, Regina Maria, The Private Healthcare Network and Alexandra Pirvulescu, medical advisor for the corporate portfolio in Regina Maria, The Private Healthcare Network. With years of experience in the corporate segment, they’ll talk about the importance of screening and how companies tackled this segment, COVID testing as a method of keeping your employees and business safe, COVID vaccination and what can managers do to improve the mental health of the organization. The session will be moderated by Bogdana Buhoș, DirectorAssurance Services at PwC.
Please note that the session will be in Romanian only.

Georgiana Andrei
Georgiana AndreiCorporate Sales Director, Regina Maria, The Private Healthcare Network
Bogdana Buhoș
Bogdana BuhoșDirector Assurance Services at PwC
Andrei Droc
Andrei DrocWorkplace Consultant
Radu Fertonea
Radu FertoneaFounder of Paid Analytix
Cezar Florea
Cezar Florea Head of Project & Development Services JLL Romania
Maria Florea
Maria FloreaKey Client Director JLL Romania
Andrei Ivan
Andrei IvanProjects Director SKANSKA
Marius Stefan
Marius StefanCEO and founder of Autonom
Kristīne Metuzāle
Kristīne MetuzāleClient Relationship Manager TILDE
Catalin Micu
Catalin Micu Partner Zamfirescu Racoți Vasile & Partners (ZRVP)
Alain Mulder
Alain MulderSenior Director Europe Operations, IMA
Kinga Pakucs
Kinga PakucsLearning & Organizational Effectiveness Consultant Steelcase
Mihaela Perianu
Mihaela PerianuManaging Partner Dale Carnegie Romania
Denisa Panaite Casu
Denisa Panaite CasuPwC's Academy Leader in Romania
Silviu Andrei Petran
Silviu Andrei PetranManaging Director at Exploratist
Silviana Petre Badea
Silviana Petre BadeaManaging Director JLL Romania
Ilinca Popescu
Ilinca PopescuDirector Central and Eastern Europe, Steelcase
Mārtiņš Sūna
Mārtiņš SūnaArtificial Intelligence Business Developer
Francesca Postolache
Francesca PostolacheABSL Vice President
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