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What expects the private environment from the government during the crisis?

Few months ago, the economic crisis was still, in the opinion of many, an excuse for companies to reduce costs, an "over-fed" issue by the press, a pretext for the Government not to increase the salaries in the budgetary sector, etc. Even among those who accepted the existence of a crisis, it dominated the view that it will be like a wave, which will last 5-6 months, will sweep some companies in the way, will sway some imbalances that were obvious to everybody, after which things will return "to normal" just as they were before.

Today no one doubts the reality and the depth of this crisis, that in fact affects all countries and all branches of economy at the same time, that it will be a lasting crisis and will take years for the things to return as they were in the summer of 2008. And in some fields maybe it will not ever return to those peaks. read more»

Katya Sotirova-Ivanova took over the management of Ascent Group Bulgaria

Due to the fast grow of Ascent Group's Bulgarian office, starting with May 2009 Katya Sotirova-Ivanova joined Ascent Group's team and became managing director of the consulting group in Bulgaria.

Katya graduated the Faculty of Mathematics and Information Technology within the University of Economy from Varna and the Distance Learning Center from Sofia of the City University from Seattle Washington, with a degree in General Management.

Katya’s 10 years of successful professional experience include management positions in various industries, especially marketing and advertising, media and consulting or coordination of complex business projects and events.

After 3 years as Marketing & Product Director and also Deputy of CEO for Programata Media Group Ltd, since 2006 Katya became the managing partner of Innovatoria Ltd., an important marketing and advertising company. read more»

Ascent Group brings to Romania the Mecepus Public Speaking programs

Ascent Group concluded in May another important partnership agreement, with MECEPUS, the Mediterranean Center for Public Speaking and Communication.

MECEPUS is a training centre supplementing formal education by giving the opportunity to improve speaking skills and develop a more attractive personality. It offers a range of seminars in Public Speaking and other behavior improvement areas.

MECEPUS Seminars are held in Cyprus, Syria and the Middle East and Moldova in English, Greek, Arabic and other languages. read more»

Jordan Sheppard Launches new services in Romania

Starting February this year, Jordan Sheppard launched new services in Romania. The new services are ”Outplacement” and an innovative service named ”Business Intelligence” from HR perspective.

The outplacement services aim at companies which are on their way to downsize part of their personnel and to part with specific members of their managerial team, as adaptation through low costs and efficiency at crisis time. The beneficiaries of this service are especially the downsized employees, who receive in this way professional consultancy for identifying new hiring opportunities and for positively overpassing this difficult period, in terms of social and psichological consequences. read more»

What news brings us 2009?

2009 started in Romania in force, with plenty of news.

Besides the economic crisis is being felt more and more, creating a turbulent economic environment, we have a new Government, which from the first steps took many decision, contested and generating multiple changes. Last but not least, from the 1st of January 2009 many legislative changes shall became effective, some already approved in previous years, but which take effect only after that date, others very fresh.

I will therefore try to review the main changes brought by the beginning of 2009 which are affecting the business environment. read more»

The New Year brings a new manager for the Ascent Group's office in Bucharest

Starting January 2009 the new manager of Ascent Group's office in Bucharest is Elena Manera. From this position Elena will coordinate the whole activity of one of the most important Ascent Group's offices. Elena took over the management of the office from Luciana Căciuleanu, recently promoted Group Training Manager of Ascent Group.

Elena Manera joined Ascent Group's team in August 2008 as coordinator of the projects department.  read more»

Elena Marina is the managing partner of Ascent Group Bulgaria

Starting with January 2009 Elena Marina became managing partner of Ascent Group in Bulgaria.

Elena has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management from the New Bulgarian University.

Her professional experience comes mainly from management consulting, executive search and training. Elena was working with JordanSheppard Eastern Europe delivering client services locally and across CEE and managing high-end recruitment and consultancy projects. She is a certified Human Synergistics® consultant in organizational diagnostics. read more»

Luciana Căciuleanu became Group Training Manager of Ascent Group

Starting December 2008 Luciana Căciuleanu became Group Training Manager of Ascent Group. From this position Luciana will coordinate the whole training activity of Ascent Group in Romania, Bulgaria, Republic of Moldova and Serbia.

Luciana joined Ascent Group’s team in 2006, holding during the time various positions within the organization, the most recent one being manager of Ascent Group’s office in Bucharest.

Luciana has an University degree in Economics and Public Administration within Ştefan cel Mare University in Suceava, her professional experience including 7 years of activity in various fields, especially company’s reorganization and restructuring processes, human resources, business consulting and training.

Trade unions and crisis, or crisis of trade unionism?

Already for many years now I handle negotiations with trade unions. Especially when related to renegotiations of collective labor agreements, but in many cases throughout the year. I had the opportunity to meet many representatives of trade unions and to negotiate with them. And I do not want to hide the fact that very often I felt frustration, because of the total unconstructive attitude of union's representatives, because the total lack of understanding of economic realities by some of these, but mostly because of a completely wrong understanding of the role that they should play as a Union…

The employer "must" give us! The employer "must" understand us! The employer was mostly for the trade unions the "black man" who should be charged for all our failures, who must solve all our problems, whether he has or not the capacity to do so. read more»

Ascent Group has signed a strategic agreement with Eurointerim.

In November 2008 Ascent Group signed in Padova a strategic agreement with Eurointerim Spa. Based on this agreement Ascent Group will represent Eurointerim in Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia and the Republic of Moldova for the whole typology of services offered by Ascent Group. The same agreement stipulates that Ascent Group recognizes Eurointerim as its exclusive partner for personnel leasing services in all the countries in the region. read more»

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