Global HR

Global HR, Talent Management

Making Sure to Properly Take Care of Employees Assigned Abroad

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By Danielle Urban

So your company is expanding and, for the first time, you’ll be sending key employees abroad to work in other markets.

While the opportunities for expansion may appear limitless, so is your potential liability for failing to protect your employees from the myriad problems they may face while traveling on business.

While some risks may appear obvious, such as the Ebola virus in West Africa, or kidnapping in Syria or fighting in Ukraine, there are other, less obvious risks such as an employee falling in the shower or suffering from a poisonous insect bite. In addition to personal safety risks, your employee could face border hassles or even detention for failing to have the proper travel documents, vaccinations or visas. Read more…

Global HR, HR News & Trends

Studies Show the Shaky Educational Foundation of Our Gen Y Workforce

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It’s the definition of a counter-intuitive statement: The Millennial generation has attained the highest levels of education of any previous American generation, yet on average demonstrates weak skills in literacy, numeracy, and problem solving in technology-rich environments compared to their international peers.

This is a tough realization to stomach for a number of reasons.

Not only is it disheartening to hear, and confusing considering the exorbitant and rising costs of education in the U.S., but Millennials are estimated to make up 50 percent of the employee population by 2020 and will shape the economic, political and social landscape for years to come (so their skills are important, to say the least). Read more…

Global HR

Calm Down, Don’t Worry: A Lesson in Service From Government Workers

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Mr. Ron, don’t stress yourself out. We will find it. We always do. You will get a call within 24 hours, the policeman assured me.

I live and work in Dubai, and I had jumped in a taxi at the end of the day and headed to the mall to pick up an item. When I jumped out of the taxi, being consumed as we all are from time to time (talking on cell phone, writing a note, etc.), I was distracted. I paid the driver and jumped out.

Problem was, I left my wallet on the seat in the cab. Read more…

Global HR, HR Technology

Tech Insights: The Challenges When HR Technology Goes Global

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Most HR tech companies are born local, and if successful, gradually become global.

Going global with HR technology can be surprisingly challenging. I remember working with software in South East Asia many years ago and running into issues such as Thai names too long for the name field, and Indonesian benefits plans that had far more elements than the software designers had ever envisaged.

I was pleased to see some companies that were designed to be global from the ground up. The UK-based Fairsail has built its strategy on being a HRIS for mid-sized global companies — a neat niche and undoubtedly a big one as you no longer need to be a large company to be a global one. Read more…

Global HR, HR News & Trends

Why Target Canada Failed (Hint: It Was Culture – and Management)

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In case you didn’t hear about it, Target recently announced they’ll be ceasing operations in Canada.

What looked good on paper turned into a multi-year, multi-billion dollar loss. This begs the question – just why did Target Canada fail?

Look no further than the feedback from Target Canada employees (and customers). Employees make or break the customer experience. Unhappy employees equals unhappy customers. Unhappy customers equals declining profits. Read more…

Global HR, HR News & Trends

Predicting What the Global Workplace Will Look Like in 2030

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CBRE and Genesis recently released a report – Fast Forward 2030: The Future of Work and the Workplace – which provides meaningful insight on the behaviors, ideas, and trends, that will shape work and the workplace in 2030.

The report analyzes responses from 220 experts, business leaders, and young people from Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America who shared their views on how the current workplace is evolving. The goal was to look towards the future and identify trends that will change the way we work over the next 15 years globally, with a key focus on China and Asia. Read more…

Global HR, HR Insights

What I Learned About Nurturing Talent from My Middle East Gardener

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You coddle your people way to much.”

If they do not like this company, let them leave. We can hire someone else at a cheaper price.”

The only people who I consider talent at my network are the people on the air. That is all I care about.”

I’m sick of all this culture stuff. Give me a break.”

All these comments were from senior level executives during conversations concerning engagement, culture, or just their people. The third statement was from the head of a major cable network during a discussion at a dinner party back in New York. That was a very spirited discussion, to say the least. Read more…

Global HR, Leadership

Developing Global Leaders: It’s Happening, But Not Quickly Enough

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The Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) recently released its fifth iteration of their GLD (Global Leadership Development) study.

The report, Global Leadership Development: Preparing Leaders for a Globalized Market, examines opportunities and challenges for organizations working to develop “global leaders,” or leaders who have global expertise and can perform in an international environment.

With factors like technology making the workforce increasingly global, this is an area of leadership development that organizations should consider adding to their focus. As i4cp discusses in the report,

The purposeful development of global competencies and capabilities among leaders is essential to organizational effectiveness and competitive edge.” Read more…

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Are You Ready For Your HR Career to Finally Go Global?

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My name is xxxxx — where are u headed?

I replied that I was heading to Dubai and the conversation started (which was eased by the champagne served in business class).

My seatmate was from Russia. As the conversation continued, our other seat mate chimed in, she was from India. The couple sitting across from us was from Cape Town, South Africa. As I looked around the plane, it seems that we had a mini-UN of travel aboard. Read more…

Global HR, Talent Management

Gender Diversity in the Workplace: A Problem That Just Isn’t Improving

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Focusing on diversity in the workplace is an essential step in building a great culture.

Advancing gender diversity is a key focus area that organizations should look to, armed with the knowledge that there is still significant progress to make before most workplaces achieve true gender equality.

Women are still significantly underrepresented at all levels in the workforce worldwide. Mercer’s 2013 Human Capital Report (prepared with the World Economic Forum) found that only 60 percent-70 percent of the eligible female population participates in the global workforce, while male participation is in the high 80’s. Read more…