Many workers, perhaps especially those raised in the U.S., would balk at the idea of taking compulsory medical exams as a condition of work. U.S. employers are not even permitted to ask a job applicant to answer medical questions or take a medical exam before making a job offer. Outside the U.S., however, employers are often required to give their employees medical exams. For example, Japan requires employers to give their workers a medical exam upon employment, and then to require additional exams at least once a year.
Everyone knows hiring and managing employees abroad is more complex than managing a domestic-only workforce. Global employers must contend with sometimes unfamiliar and changing labor and immigration laws in each country of operation, varying cultural expectations, time-zone differences and much more.
Given widespread global economic growth, tightening immigration rules, changing worker expectations related to flexible hours and employee leave, along with other factors, it’s more challenging than ever to attract and retain quality employees. Multinationals must understand what today’s workers want, and what benefits their competitors are offering, to succeed in today’s global economy.