Forty-three percent of Lithuanian citizens in the age group of 18-35 would like to work in a Scandinavian limited company, while for two-thirds (69 percent) of the respondents it is important to aim for an international career. These statements are drawn from a public opinion poll about desired workplaces, conducted by the insurance company If, alfa.lt reported on 20 August.
“The results of the poll show that young people in Lithuania have ambitious plans for their careers and trust foreign limited companies more than the local ones,” states Jurgita Banytė, the head of the Department of Human Resources for If. According to the expert, young Lithuanians who are aiming for successful careers are looking not only for employers who pay more, but also for opportunities to have an interesting job (54 percent of the respondents) and more social security than is ensured by the laws of the Republic of Lithuania.
The poll shows that the majority (92 percent) of the respondents would like their employer to provide conditions that would allow the employee to constantly learn and improve; 88 percent emphasize the importance of an employer’s respectful communication with employees.
Asked what other activities, unrelated to their work, they would like in their job, respondents mentioned breaks for entertainment, rest and coffee (51 percent), while almost a third (32 percent) would not refuse an opportunity to play board games during a break.
“Having analyzed the results of the poll we would like to draw attention to the two most important aspects. First, [other] countries’ employers should understand that young people in Lithuania. . . expect not just an adequate salary, but also conditions to improve and polite communication. This disproves a dominating stereotype that in Lithuania people are mostly motivated by the size of the salary,” concludes J. Banytė.
If is one of the largest insurance companies in the Baltic region. The company currently employs 660 people, 170 of them in Lithuania.