Whether Brexit is hard or soft, right around the corner or further delayed, the UK’s departure from the EU will have a significant effect on local staffing. The key to avoiding a shortfall may lie in rethinking recruitment strategies.
Many countries require a medical exam as a condition of employment, which can affect expat workers. Here are some examples of what to expect in other countries.
The Harvey Weinstein scandal and #MeToo movement have focused a wave of attention on workplace harassment. HR departments in the US are scrambling to revise policies and examine their company cultures. But abroad, the picture can be very different. Simply translating home-based policies into a new language for use in another jurisdiction isn’t the answer. Multinationals must learn to navigate relevant foreign laws while realizing that effectively combating harassment is as much about culture as legislation.
HR professionals are increasingly expected to understand and comply with antitrust laws, and in particular no-poach agreements, when employing workers at home and abroad.
Applying one set of HR policies and procedures across multiple countries of operation is usually a recipe for misunderstandings, low employee morale and reduced profits. Multinationals need to take time to study an unfamiliar culture before hiring employees there. Here are some important areas to consider.