Czech Globus hypermarket employees are not going to Russia on a business trip for their colleagues. The management of the German retail chain has finally backed away from this controversial plan, which according to unofficial information was supposed to be carried out during April. And that was after Seznam Zpravy reported everything.
Globus ČR spokesperson Aneta Turnovská confirmed this when asked by the editor. “Business trips should only be done to exchange operational experience between colleagues. However, his planning in this situation was a mistake, so we abandoned this plan,” he replied to the question.
Trips deemed “experienced” to the country that sparked the war in Ukraine were met with an overwhelmingly negative reaction. And this despite the fact that management assures that participation is voluntary. Today, according to information from Seznam Zpráv, the company’s management sent a letter to employees in which he expressed himself as a whole in the same spirit as the company’s spokesperson.
“First of all, we want to make it clear to you that there is no bad intention behind this plan – our endeavor is really just a professional and voluntary exchange of operational experience. However, time is not the most sensitive, and that is why we also canceled this plan ,” the company’s management wrote in the letter, a copy of which was obtained by the editors (see below).
As Seznam Zprávy reports, the trip of some employees to Russia was planned in a situation where the Russian branch of the German Globus chain had been managing from Prague for half a year.
Volker Schaar, the longtime CEO of the Russian subsidiary, moved to the Czech capital last year during the holidays. Currently, he simultaneously manages Czech and Russian hypermarkets, and flies to Russia to meet employees there periodically.
It is not known who was supposed to go from the Czech Republic to Russia. According to sources Seznam Zpráv, there are talks mainly about the directors of sixteen domestic hypermarkets, but the company does not confirm this information.
From a letter to a Globus employee
last week, a report appeared on the Internet in which Globus was subjected to criticism, among other things, because of the planned business trips of several colleagues to Russia. First of all, we want to make it clear to you that there is no bad intention behind this plan – our endeavor is really nothing but a voluntary, professional exchange of operational experience. However, the time is not the most sensitive, so we also canceled this plan.
We are very sorry that this has caused such a negative reaction, especially towards you, the employees. We understand that you may have a number of questions and uncertainties at this time. However, we want to assure you that we are not indifferent to this situation. We are a strong and stable company, and we are here for you.
We want to emphasize that you can confidently contact your supervisor at any time with questions or concerns about current events…
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