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3 tips to maximize your company’s global HR

Human Resources or Human Capital Management can often get overlooked in the bigger picture of international business. Here are 3 tips to help maximize and leverage your global HR.

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Global HR is often an overlooked part of international business

It’s a must now days-in order to stay agile and competitive, companies must seek ways to leverage current, often commonplace, departments. Research and Development/Innovation and Marketing are two departments most companies focus their efforts when maximizing efficiencies to stay ahead of the curve.

I wonder why the ever humble HR department gets overlooked? Here are 3 tips to create a competitive advantage in your global HR.

1. Activity oriented interviews

This is a phrase I’ve tossed for the type of interviews we conduct. Essentially, it goes beyond just the normal (and expected) meet and greet. In an A-O interview, the interviewer would give the interviewee an assignment to present or come prepared to discuss at the interview.

I often select a portion of an ongoing or upcoming project and assign it as the activity portion of the interview. It gives both the interviewer and the interviewee an up-close look at potential work product and work styles.

2. Stay abreast of local changes that can keep you competitive

More often than not, global and multinational companies adhere to the home or headquarters’ rules. In an effort to leverage your HR, stay abreast of local changes.

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For instance, knowing that Japan just raised the retirement age to 65, China has a new 5-year work visa, and the minimum wage has risen among a myriad of ASEAN countries can all help you be competitive when acquiring talent.

3. Have your compliance covered

Using local best practices that mirror company objectives can greatly improve the effectiveness of your HR machine. In addition, making compliance coverage part of your corporate culture will definitely serve you well.

Many companies are creating global SOPs (standard operating procedures) in an effort to ensure all bases are covered in terms of local and global compliance.

Whatever you do, be sure that all of your departments are in lock step to fulfill the company’s goals.

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Written By

Monica Moffitt, founder and Principal Cultural Consultant at Tianfen Consulting, Inc., has traveled the world and enjoys linguistics and all things culture. Having split her career between project management and business analytics, Monica merges logic, fluency in Chinese and creativity in her new role as cultural consultant. She received a Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Studies/Chinese from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Business Administration (International Management and Marketing) from University of Texas at Dallas.

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