EMPLOYEES FROM UKRAINE

EMPLOYEES FROM UKRAINE

Entrepreneurs who hire people in their companies want two things. First of all, they want to earn as much as possible from their employee. Secondly, they want the lowest possible costs that they will have to incur as a result of such cooperation. They look for the most optimal solutions and create a vision of the target group for their job offers. It is not easy, because you can say that how many people, so many types of workers. Everyone is different, although potential candidates can be divided into some basic groups, if only on the basis of nationality. Workers from the East, for example from Ukraine or Belarus, they will usually work in a slightly different way than our native specialists. On the other side of Europe, it is also in vain to look for identical employees as those from Poland. Everyone has slightly different requirements, possibilities and aspirations. On the other hand, one should not succumb to various stereotypes and it is worth being aware that individual representatives of one nation or another may be completely different from our ideas. Nevertheless, employers rather try to standardize their expectations regarding the above-mentioned groups. It’s not always about some character traits that we like or don’t like. This is a subjective matter, everyone likes something else in people. On top of that, it’s just not nice to treat someone a certain way before you get to know them, just based on rumors about their nationality. Coming back to the previously mentioned issue of workers from Ukraine as a specific professional group on our labor market, it is worth mentioning the economic situation in their country, which forces them to seek a better life abroad. This is what they have in common – insufficient wages and poor prospects for a real career. It is interesting that they come to Poland to live on a better standard, while Poles decide to emigrate to the West in the same way and for the same reasons. It does not take much thought to understand this phenomenon and its effects. Ukrainians or Belarusians usually have lower financial expectations than their Polish neighbors, for whom their Polish salaries seem meager compared to German or English ones. For them, our minimum wage is already a big treat. It is easy to guess that Polish employers are hopefully waiting for applications from across the eastern border, as they expectthat they would get extra hands to work for a low price. In fact, the financial aspect speaks very strongly in favor of hiringworkers from the East. Business, however, is not just a matter of money. If cheapness does not go hand in hand with quality, then the investment in even the cheapest employee will turn out to be a waste of time, and instead of saving, the employer may even risk losses, and simply, humanly, fail.

If you analyze this group of people further, you can think of more than their financial expectations. After all, this is not the only thing that matters to employers. Our eastern neighbors are looking for work, for example, in technical professions. They are usually interested in simple physical work, although this is not necessarily the case. Maybe we are used to the fact that a significant part of the workforce at construction sites or on farms is them, but in recent times other trends have been observed. Professional aspirations across Europe are constantly growing. If in our country fewer and fewer people want to be a cleaner or a bricklayer assistant, it is not surprising that the appetite for better conditions is also growing among other nations. The new norm is that workers from the Eastthey appear in supermarkets and offices, often outdoing their Polish colleagues in their ambitions. They have careers and enjoy the development opportunities they receive in our country, which we sometimes underestimate. It is this different perspective that motivates them to work harder and to go beyond the stereotypical boundaries. The employer can only benefit from such ambitious and reliable employees, who are also satisfied with their earnings.

The phenomenon of migration of people from Eastern Europe can be considered positive and beneficial for Polish employers, but among job seekers voices of opposition and dissatisfaction can be heard. Many people say that they cannot find a job because employers prefer foreign candidates due to their lower financial requirements. In some professional groups, Poles feel compelled to migrate to the West for the work that Ukrainians do in Poland. This is the case with truck drivers, for example. Polish drivers work for companies in Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, etc., but most of our domestic transport companies are employees from the East. This phenomenon is often outrageous by these emigrating Poles, but if they were to move from the German salary to the Polish one three times lower, they would be even more indignant and the longing for their homeland would probably quickly leave them. Fortunately, nowadays, no one is limited in terms of improving their qualifications and looking for the perfect job, which can certainly be found with the right amount of effort and commitment.

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