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Think it’s tough getting to the strategic table in Canada? Try Eastern Europe or the Middle East
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/01/2006

A Canadian HR professional who sets up shop in Eastern Europe might feel as if she’s travelled back in time.

In countries such as the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Romania, human resources is still struggling to get anywhere near the strategic table, said Soni Basi, an executive director of Chicago-based global human capital management research company ISR.

“The types of issues that they’re dealing with (are) back to where we were in the Americas and Western Europe 10 years ago, where they still need to prove the importance of human resources within their organization,” said Basi, whose clients include RBC, Canada Post and international bank HSBC.