THE IMAGE OF THE FUTURE
A FAMILY-FRIENDLY APPROACH?
That it is no easy task to arrange flexible working hours? Depends. Eva Bajtalonová, mother of two and an assistant, was approached directly by her superior – head of the Processing Management Department. “ŠKODA AUTO makes a point of being family-friendly, and that is what I like about the company,” says Eva. How did she handle her return to work from maternity leave? And what helped make this step easier for her?
WE WANTED TO TAKE CARE OF OUR CHILD TOGETHER
Work, but also enjoy quality time with family. As mommy and daddy. Flexible working hours are not meant to accommodate only women. The Bejdáks are a great example of how this can work in practice. They both work at ŠKODA AUTO; Veronika works part-time while Radek works from home once a week. It is this arrangement that allows them both plenty of time to dedicate to their son, Štěpán.
Business trips aren't just about the number of kilometres traveled, but also about new ways of working. 🌎 ŠKODA's Purchasing Project Manager Václav Březina is currently in Pune, India, where he is in charge of managing the Superb, Octavia and Kodiaq projects. "Oral agreements are only part of success here. We must confirm everything via email and check whether we understand one another or not. Though all within the factory works fine, Indians are not very punctual." This is one of the local ways of working that Václav had to get used to in his first months. But at the same time, he adds: "People in India care about personal relationships a lot more. We know each other, call people by their first names, go for tea, shake hands, or speak a couple of words with one another." Check out our post to learn what other surprises were waiting for Václav in India, and what he misses most about the Czech Republic. ⬇️
BETWEEN BUGGY RACING AND BASKETBALL
Formerly a motorcycle racer, he now satisfies his urge for adrenaline by driving a buggy. When Petr Stanislav is not busy on-boarding new colleagues at the press shop, he is most likely driving out to Poland, or at least to Pardubice, seeking out adventure sports. He says he has been drawn to petrol all his life, and that’s why he has remained loyal to his passion despite a motorcycle accident, in which he suffered a permanent injury. How has he adapted to the new way of life and how did he acquire a job at the car manufacturer?
WE ARE BUILDING THE MOST PROGRESSIVE DEVELOPMENT CENTRE IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC
It took him a while to decide whether to become a mechanical engineer or an architect. And although he opted for architecture in the end, Matěj Vydra collaborates with mechanical engineers every single day, since he is in charge of investments and constructional development of the ŠKODA AUTO technical development campus. Apart from strategic topics related to the company’s digital transformation, he is also involved in the efforts to increase the region’s attractiveness in collaboration with the ŠKODA AUTO Foundation Fund (Nadační fond ŠKODA AUTO). As a result, the construction of a new cycling infrastructure began in April, for example.
I HAVE TO STAND BY WHAT I SAY 100%
He compares media communication to a board game with pieces and clearly set rules. He himself has been on both sides of the board. The current ŠKODA AUTO press officer for the Czech market studied journalism at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles University, and before entering the world of PR, he gained experience as a sports journalist. After all, sports are one of his greatest passions. But it’s not only on the football field that he feels a real surge of adrenaline, but also in crisis communication, his favourite discipline in the field of public relations. What does the job of the press officer of the country’s largest company – who reached his current position at the age of a mere twenty-seven years – involve?