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.
This week's Global Glance looks at the Pew’s new digital economy survey; how Senator Warren’s speech on the gig economy sparked a global debate; and France's ongoing labor unrest.
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?
Employee engagement. It’s a buzzword that conjures up a multitude of different things for employers all over the world. To some, employee engagement is something fluffy, even intangible — at best an HR “nice to have.” To others, employee engagement is fundamental to their business culture and working environment. But what really is employee engagement, and what are its benefits to global employers?
Welcome back to Global Glance. This week we look at Starbucks’ China expansion and its appealing new perks; how the Ebola outbreak was declared over and resurfaced the next day; and income inequality in China and the US.
This week look at a Thai hotel chain’s aggressive and intriguing global strategy; 2015 as the year of mergers and acquisitions; and year-in-pictures slideshows worth scrolling through.
Countries around the world are grappling with change as work increasingly goes mobile. While workers in the US — particularly millennials — are clamoring for a more flexible workplace, the picture abroad is murkier, with some countries moving in the opposite direction. Companies that plan to send employees overseas need to be aware of the differences and prepare workers for organizations that view white-collar working hours in a very different light from their counterparts in the US.
In this week's Global Glance we look at the killing of a protected lion in Zimbabwe, Netflix’s new “unlimited” parental leave policy, and temporary work in the global precariat.