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The integration of Ukrainians working in the retail network Lidl: I feel welcome, the language barrier is not an obstacle

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Currently, more than 100 war refugees from Ukraine work in the Lidl business network in Lithuania. True, this number is increasing every day, since some future employees are in the process of signing a contract and will start work in the near future.

“When hiring Ukrainians fleeing war, we want them to feel as little stress, uncertainty and confusion as possible when they join our team. We try to bring financial and emotional stability into their lives and to be an employer they can trust,” says S. Savickienė.

Operations designed for visitors

The most convenient and smooth employment of Ukrainians is also determined by a special selection line prepared by Lidl Lietuva over the phone, which provides all the necessary information to future employees in a language that they understand. Newcomers are also provided with an adaptation plan specially created for a foreign language, and all necessary information about the work in progress can be easily accessed on the e-learning platform.

S says. Savickienė.



Sandra Savikin

Tetiana Hetalo, a Ukrainian who works at Lidl in Vilnius, says she was interested in working for the company after hearing recommendations about a stable and reliable employer. According to the woman, it is possible to perfectly communicate with all colleagues. Many team members speak Russian, and even if they don’t, they try to help or advise in other ways.

In addition, during the merge, all new employees are accompanied by two English or Russian speaking colleagues, a teacher and a friend. Such employees pass on all work experience and knowledge to newcomers, help them orient themselves faster in the work environment and feel the inner atmosphere of the company.

According to T. Hetal, it is easier to work also because of the well-organized work structure and positive work environment. In addition, the Ukrainian valuable training system helped to better understand the specifics of the job.

Ukrainians are full members of the team

Ms Savickienė stresses that the company offers the same working conditions for Ukrainians and Lithuanians as it does for current employees – from salary ranges or financial supplements to additional private health insurance at the end of the probationary period and a basket of fringe benefits.

Irina Kovpak, a Ukrainian who works at Jonava’s Lidl store, described salary competitiveness as one of the company’s advantages. According to Rekvizitai.lt, the average salary before tax for Lidl Lietuva in the first quarter of this year was 1928.30 euros.

Kovpak also mentioned that the company ensures a comfortable and flexible work schedule for employees who raise young children.
Alona Vilchak, a Ukrainian who works at the Lidl store in Vilnius, also appreciates the flexible schedule. She says that while working at Lidl, she also has time for herself, so that she can engage in other activities and meet acquaintances and friends who have left Ukraine.

Ukrainians working for Lidl are also given newcomer kits and Lidl gift cards worth €100, which helps them feel strong, at least in part.

“At the end of last year, we offered a free, anonymous counseling and support program to all Lidl employees and their families.” You can count on us! “. And although we could not offer this program to Ukrainians before due to the language barrier, from the beginning of May they can also talk to professionals who provide personal, psychological or legal counseling in a language they understand,” says S. .

Lidl Lietuva also supports the Ukrainian people affected by the war – more than 200 thousand have already been allocated for this. euro. Support for long-life food and non-food products was distributed to the organizations of the Food Bank and the Lithuanian Red Cross, and part of the support for these organizations was also given in cash.

The company has also increased its support for organizations that coordinate children’s day centers. Taking into account the situation that Ukrainian refugee children also spend in children’s day care centers in Lithuania, Lidl Lietuva tripled the total amount of deposit collected in store vending machines during the first quarter of this year.

Lidl Lietuva currently employs more than 2.7 thousand people. Workers. There are a total of 62 Lidl retail stores in Lithuania in 24 cities of the country – Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipeda, Šiauliai, Alytus, Mariambulo, Kėdainiai, Telšiai, Kretinga, Mažeikiai, Tauragė, Jonava, Panevėžys, Ukmerg, Utena, Višala, Keikiai, and Electroni Druskininkai and Rokiskes.

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