You represent HRPA Georgia, what is unique/typical about Georgia?

Georgia, the country located at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia, boasts a rich cultural heritage and natural beauty that sets it apart in several ways:

  1. Cultural Diversity: Georgia is known for its unique cultural blend influenced by its location on the Silk Road, which has resulted in a mix of European, Persian, Ottoman, and Russian influences. This is reflected in their language, cuisine, music, and traditions.
  2. Wine Culture: Georgia is considered one of the oldest wine regions in the world, with evidence of winemaking dating back over 8,000 years. The traditional winemaking method using qvevri (large clay vessels buried underground) is UNESCO-listed as an intangible cultural heritage.
  3. Orthodox Christianity: Georgia has a deep-rooted Orthodox Christian heritage, with churches and monasteries scattered throughout the country. The Svetitskhoveli Cathedral in Mtskheta and the Gelati Monastery near Kutaisi are notable UNESCO World Heritage sites.
  4. Stunning Landscapes: From the high peaks of the Caucasus Mountains to the lush valleys of Kakheti and the Black Sea coastline, Georgia offers diverse and picturesque landscapes that appeal to nature lovers and adventure seekers alike.
  5. Hospitality: Georgians are famous for their hospitality and love for guests. The tradition of supra (feast) involves elaborate meals, toasts (known as tamada), and heartfelt welcomes, showcasing their warmth and generosity.
  6. Language: The Georgian language is one of the oldest living languages in the world with its own unique script. It is unrelated to any other language, making it distinct linguistically.
  7. Folk Traditions: Georgian folk music and dance, such as polyphonic singing and energetic dances like the kartuli and khorumi, are integral parts of the country’s cultural identity and are celebrated in festivals and gatherings.

Overall, Georgia’s blend of ancient traditions, stunning landscapes, and warm hospitality make it a unique destination with much to offer visitors interested in exploring its rich history and vibrant culture.

What are main challenges for HR in Georgia, for the time being and looking into the future?

  • Talent Acquisition and Retention
  • Diversity of the Workforce
  • Skills Gap
  • Employee Engagement
  • Effective Leadership
  • Digital HR
  • HR Compliance

In a few sentences, how would you describe HRPA Georgia?

The HR Professionals’ Association (HRPA • Georgia) is a professional organization dedicated to advancing the field of Human Resources in Georgia. It provides networking opportunities, professional development resources, and educational programs to HR professionals across various industries. HRPA • Georgia aims to enhance HR practices, promote professional standards, and support the professional growth of its members through seminars, workshops, and conferences tailored to current HR trends and challenges in the region.
HRPA • Georgia is professional, friendly and open-minded.

What are your main activities

– Professional Development Activities (seminars, workshops, consultations)

– Networking Events

– HR Competency Model development

– International Cooperation

– Community Building and Engagement

what are your challenges

Sustainable development and membership engagement

what are your ambitions for the future

– Develop HR Competency Model and set HR Standard through the country and Region

– Expand International Cooperation and facilitate global networking through HR & OD field

– Cover all Georgian HR Professionals and launch regional branches

 

Are there any things you are especially proud of, on behalf of your Association and Country?

No matter the circumstance (Global Pandemic, Wars, National Crisis, etc.),  HRPA • Georgia keeps standing for elevating HR field in Georgia!

What does the European and EAPM community mean to you?

Door to Europe, new possibilities, cooperation, creation!

Fun fact about yourself (Association/ Country?)

In Georgian workplaces, it’s common for HR professionals to organize frequent “supras” (traditional Georgian feasts) as team-building events. These supras are not just about delicious food and wine but also include lively toasts (tamada) and spirited singing and dancing. It’s a unique way for HR to foster camaraderie and strengthen relationships among colleagues, blending work and cultural traditions in a memorable and enjoyable way.

Fact box 1: EAPM Member Georgia

Name: Linkedin page: Facebook page: Membership categories: Number of employees: CEO: President:
HR Professionals' Association | პროფესიონალთა ასოციაცია https://www.linkedin.com/company/hrpageorgia/ https://www.facebook.com/HRPAgeorgia Individual (Full & Associate) and Corporate Up to 10 employees Salome Ghachava Sergo Nozadze

Fact box 2: Georgia

No. of inhabitants: Main industries: Unemployment rate: OECD page:
3.713 million steel, machine tools, electrical appliances, mining, chemicals, wood products, wine 11.6% (2023) https://www.oecd.org/countries/georgia/