Many global leaders inside and outside HR struggle to understand how they can boost workplace productivity, particularly when managing a global workforce where employees may have vastly different cultural expectations and will be operating under different sets of labor laws depending on their office locations. There is no magic formula for ensuring high employee productivity across borders, but there are a few key ingredients that are essential to promoting the productivity of your global workforce.
As Radius reported last fall, certain public and private sector employees in Sweden are trialing a six-hour workday. Those innovative employers that are trialing the six-hour workday recognize the significant potential of the practice. While there are potential disadvantages to a shortened workday — such as the possibility that the employer might need to recruit additional workers to make up for lost hours — there are also many long-term employer benefits of moving to such a schedule.
Achieving a balance in the area of family leave is critical for multinationals. HR leaders should ask themselves: How can we develop family friendly leave policies that comply with local labor laws and customs, and encourage a healthy work-life balance, all while ensuring that our growing business remains financially sustainable?
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