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Q&A: What should I be thinking about if I’m looking to expand my workforce globally?

David Watson, Product Marketing Manager, Zenefits
Sep 22, 2022

As an HR leader, the process of expanding your workforce outside of your current country can be unfamiliar territory. There’s so much to consider, and it can be overwhelming not knowing what types of hurdles you might need to go through. In this episode, David Watson, Product Marketing Manager at Zenefits, talks through some key […]

As an HR leader, the process of expanding your workforce outside of your current country can be unfamiliar territory. There’s so much to consider, and it can be overwhelming not knowing what types of hurdles you might need to go through.

In this episode, David Watson, Product Marketing Manager at Zenefits, talks through some key questions to ask before starting the process.

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On this episode, you’ll hear:

  • [00:28] Why companies expand global workforces
  • [00:58] The role of HR during expansion
  • [01:12] Questions you should ask

Transcript

Episode transcript

Welcome to POPS, the show that shows you how to shift from human resources, paperwork to people, operations for the new world of work. How by answering one question at a time I’m David Watson, Product Marketing Manager here at Zenefits, and I’m here today to help you answer the question, I’m looking to expand my workforce globally.

What should I be thinking about as it relates to people? First we should ask ourselves. Why do companies typically expand global workforces? Well, HR leaders see the value in having a diverse workforce by hiring internationally. You’re able to gain team members that can offer a fresh perspective, sometimes leading to more relatable initiatives that your clients can better relate to.

It also opens the doors for hiring top talent. While we have incredible workforce here in the us, there are a multitude of qualified applicants just beyond our borders. As an HR leader, the process of expanding your workforce outside of your current country can be seen as unfamiliar territory, not knowing the various hurdles you’ll have to go through.

And there are different compliance guidelines that you have to adhere to in each of those countries. So the role of an HR leader is to essentially protect the company from falling out of compliance. I’ve spoken with many different HR leaders about this in common questions. They feel that every people operations leader should ask themselves is how do I stay up to date with international laws that continue to change?

How do I adapt new processes into my existing HR and payroll process to ensure all employees are experiencing the same level of support. And finally, what do benefits look like in other countries? So, if you’re looking to expand your workforce, take into account these questions and understand how you can solve for these within your own organization.

By addressing these questions up front, you prepare you and your organization for the different hurdles you might face when expanding your team while these aren’t the only things you should consider, it does help get the ball rolling for other potential information. You’ll need to gather when making this transition as we always.

People are the most important asset within a business. So expanding your team can be a task, but as long as you’ve done your research beforehand, it’s a very smooth and rewarding process. Thanks for joining us today. And if you have any questions for us, click the link in the show notes, or if you’ve got other ideas and feedback about our show, send them to [email protected].

We’ll see you next time.

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