Global HR

Global HR, Recruiting and Staffing

What I Learned About Diversity Working in the Middle East

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“But, the next office to open will be special.”

It’s the all-women office in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) that MediaCom MENA will be opening. This was the statement by CEO Nick Barron in his recent essay for the magazine Campaign Middle East.

When discussing the all-women’s office, he said it has elicited positive response among his current clients. The office will have 8-15 women on staff.

His reasoning for his staffing model is because 70 percent of the ad dollars spent in KSA are targeted at women because they make the decisions in many categories, even when the actual purchase is made by men Read more…

Global HR, Talent Management

A Few Things to Consider If You Want My Help in Finding a Job

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Thank you for accepting my request. l am currently looking for a job and l was wondering if you could help me? l am in Dubai on a tourist visa. Please find below my CV.

Can you kindly review my CV and help me find a job?

My husband needs a new job. He is a hard worker; please help him find a job.

I am a mechanical engineer; can you get me job in your firm?

All in a week’s work. Read more…

Global HR

EEOC, Mexican Consulates Join to Provide Guidance, Training, Checks

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By Mel M. C. Cole

What started as a local effort has now become a national endeavor, as the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs officially agree to join forces to create programs that will benefit both Mexican nationals working in the United States as well as their employers.

Late last month, Jacqueline Berrien, the Chair of the EEOC, and Eduardo Mora, the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, signed a national Memorandum of Understanding, committed to strengthening outreach on workplace rights, as well as reducing violations under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Pregnancy Discrimination Act; the Equal Pay Act of 1963; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; and the Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act of 2008. Read more…

Global HR, Recruiting and Staffing

How to Overcome Common Recruitment Pitfalls in Japan

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Foreign capital companies operating in Japan often have flawed hiring processes stemming from a lack of experience with a new culture and local business practices.

That difficulty is compounded when expat managers attempt precise replication of business styles that are successful at their headquarters.

The most common pitfalls that foreign capital firms encounter in recruiting include: Read more…

Global HR, HR Management

What Work in the Mideast Taught Me About Building Business Relationships

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“I heard you had a tough time getting back to the airport after the HR Leaders Conference in Lagos.”

That was followed by at least a half-hour of further discussion concerning our recent travels. There was no rush to get to the “meat” of the meeting or what it was about.

The next time we got together, the discussion centered around housing and where to live in Dubai, which was followed by a conversation about tuition payments and our past experience working together on an HR panel.

It took a half-hour to actually get to get to the crux of this meeting. Read more…

Global HR, HR News & Trends

Is a National Jobs Bank the Solution To Fair Employment in Singapore?

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Following the latest developments affecting employment practices in Singapore, the launch of the national Jobs Bank marks the final stage of the Fair Consideration Framework (FCF) roll-out since it was first announced in September 2013.

The FCF signifies a new step towards fairer employment practices for Singapore and can be seen as a response to the growing unhappiness among Singapore citizens due to competition with foreign workers in a tight labor market.

A popular topic addressed in Singapore’s National Budget 2012 & 2013, the government has since reduced the foreign worker quota and increased foreign worker levies in a bid to maintain a strong Singapore core within the workforce. Read more…

Global HR, Leadership

Hello Goodbye: It’s Critical to Connect and Build Trust With All You Meet

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As I looked into his eyes, I could see them welling with tears. As he began to speak, his voice cracked, “Mr. Ron we’ll will miss you so much. It has been my honor to know you.”

As I listened, my eyes teared up in synch. These guys had no idea what they have meant to me over this past year.

As I walked from department to department, the reaction was mostly the same — we were saying our goodbyes. Having spent close to 15 months in a new environment with a workforce that could rival the United Nations — including multiple languages and customs — I was proud of myself for having connected with them. Read more…

Culture, Global HR, Webinars

TLNT Webinar – Think Globally, Onboard Locally: Tips for Designing a Global New Hire Experience Program

Don’t miss out on next weeks TLNT webinar!  With the growth market conundrum hypothesizing that we are the cusp of a fundamental shift of economic power from the developed world to emerging markets, and with executives unable to manage global talent now is a better time than ever to start paying attention.

With only 30 percent of executives surveyed able to manage talent globally and an even lower 28 percent actively investing in expanding global management, everyone has a little bit of room to learn some tips and tricks. Please join host Nicole Dessain in this Docusign webinar as she shares the following:

  • Understand impact of macroeconomic developments on global talent strategy;
  • Learn about key elements of a “core” onboarding experience that allows for local customization;
  • Receive tips and resources to get you started with designing a global onboarding program.

Missing out on an chance like this to broaden your global management skills at such a critical time as this will not be good for future business practice and/or sustainability. Don’t miss out and register today!

Date/Time: July 30, 2014 at 2 pm Eastern/11 am Pacific

Registration Link: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/wcbg6s4ws65k&eom

Sponsor:  Docusign

Benefits, Global HR

How Employee Benefits Are Changing Around the World

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In the last 12 months I’ve been to 73 cities in 19 countries, working with our global clients about the advantages of using online benefit management and employee engagement software.

Along the way, I’ve picked up some interesting facts, figures and anecdotes regarding employee benefits management strategies. These are high-level observations and therefore should be taken with a pinch of salt.

I know how infuriating it can be to have your country or region generalized. For example, you can’t talk about the American economy in high-level terms: Read more…

Global HR, Legal Issues, Recruiting and Staffing

How to Handle Independent Contractors for Global Organizations

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By Annie Lau

As the global market grows seemingly smaller, more and more companies are expanding their reach around the world.

Some companies send U.S. employees overseas, while others hire locally, or even utilize local independent contractors. As in the United States, companies must be mindful of the risks involved when hiring independent contractors in their international operations.

While different countries have different levels of scrutiny when it comes to determining who is an independent contractor and who is an employee, many of the principles remain the same. The main questions deal with the company’s control over the person’s work. Read more…