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.
Each country has its own protections related to workplace discrimination, and laws vary by jurisdiction. The US, for example, protects against age discrimination for workers 40 and over, while the UK protects both old and young workers against age discrimination. Despite variations, most developed countries have broadly similar laws prohibiting workplace discrimination. Virtually all multinationals recognize the importance of keeping on the right side of these laws to avoid costly fines and reputational damage. Developing strong internal policies that ensure workplace equality and promote diversity is also critical to attracting and retaining skilled workers, no matter what your countries of operation.
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.
As emerging technology continues to radically change the global workforce, HR professionals are increasingly relied upon to manage the ever-changing needs of their organizations and employees. While automation and artificial intelligence have the potential to eliminate or ease certain job functions, superior human capital remains at the core of competitive and innovative companies. How can HR leaders leverage new technology to help their businesses run more efficiently while also fostering the soft skills employees need to perform successfully in high-touch environments? This webinar will offer insights into how leading companies are balancing investments in technology with investments in their workforce to thrive in a rapidly changing world.
Millennial workers make up an increasingly large share of the global workforce, and attracting and retaining them has never been more important. Despite this, many multinationals have been slow to adapt to the generation’s expectations and values. Stereotypes surrounding millennials — including the perception that they’re pampered and lack loyalty towards their employers — are remarkably consistent across cultures. But despite some unflattering labels, millennials have proved to be intelligent and hardworking, especially if their employers understand and respect their concerns. This webinar will offer insights into what millennials value in the workplace, how to adopt your HR policies to retain and get the most out of millennials, and best practices for developing performance-review programs that account for millennials.