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Global HR, HR Technology

Tech Insights: The Challenges When HR Technology Goes Global

HR Technology

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…

Global HR

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…

Global HR, Rewards & Recognition

Work Friendships: They Improve Productivity and Job Satisfaction

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Following on my post yesterday (What Do Workers Everywhere Want Most? To Be Valued and Appreciated) about global employee research showing that “appreciation for my work” is the most important job aspect for employees, I wanted to share the findings of the Globoforce 2014 UK and Ireland Workforce Mood Tracker survey.

The findings are consistent with what we see in the U.S., with employees highly valuing relationships at work but feeling unsupported by the organization in building those relationships more deeply.

This year’s survey shows that organizations would benefit greatly from celebrating their employees’ dedication to the company, as well as the strong bonds people form while at work. Read more…

Global HR, Rewards & Recognition

What Do Workers Everywhere Want Most? To Be Valued and Appreciated

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They are different in [insert country other than your own.] They want different things than we do.”

How true do you believe that statement to be? Do you wonder if anyone’s recently tried to quantify those perceived differences or, better yet, find the commonalities?

This Fall, the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and The Network did just that in their Decoding Global Talent report, which aggregated 200,000 survey responses on global mobility and employment preferences from employees in 189 countries. The survey primarily looked at what would make employees willing to work abroad, regardless of home country.

But one particular finding struck me as most enlightening – regardless of desire to relocate, all respondents “are putting more emphasis on intrinsic rewards and less on compensation.” Read more…

Global HR, HR Insights

Becoming a Talent Specialist: You Just Need to Find Your HR Sweet Spot

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We have had approximately 22 speakers over the past few day. Our focus was on Employee Engagement. We have sliced/diced it every way possible.

We have heard theory, metrics, branding, and plain old common sense — all in the guise of getting our employees more engaged. But in order for each of us as HR professionals to get our organizations back on track, we must be engaged with what we do.

Those were my closing words at the recent Employee Engagement Forum held in Dubai Dec. 7-8. I speak at a lot of conferences in the Middle East, and in close to two years working in this region, I have participated either as conference chair or keynote speaker at approximately 18 various conferences from Istanbul to Nigeria and throughout the Middle East. Read more…