The pandemic brought a slew of unique challenges for businesses, with employees working remotely from home. But as the pandemic winds down, many global businesses have started thinking beyond the borders of their region when it comes to hiring, largely as a result of embracing remote work with current employees.
If everyone is working remotely, it no longer matters where your top talent is based. The global workforce has become more connected than ever. But globalization brings its own set of challenges, particularly for HR departments. Some of these challenges are social in nature, others are related to local laws, and some are related to cybersecurity.
Let’s look at some of the trends and challenges in human resources that are growing this year and how the right online video conferencing capabilities — including the ability to host a webcast or town hall seamlessly — can help.
Cyber-Security Concerns May Require Platform Changes
The European Union’s GDPR law put measures in place to protect customer data and requires enhanced security and transparency in handling that data. Global enterprises must understand not just GDPR requirements but any regulations introduced by other countries.
Globalization Requires Respecting Regional HR Laws
Just as other countries may have stricter security and customer privacy laws for online marketing, HR laws and mandatory benefits may vary by country, region, or even by state within the U.S. For instance, New York has a robust Paid Family Leave policy, while many other states do not. Paid sick leave laws, vacation time, maternity and paternity leave, and even employee policies may vary widely.
In most cases, employees are under the jurisdiction of the state, country, or region where they live if they are working from home, and the state where they work if they are in a satellite office. Understanding and respecting regional HR laws can keep your organization out of trouble, help with recruiting and retention, and keep employee morale high.
Respect International Time Zones to Reach Employees Equally
Nearly everyone who conducts business with people outside their region has confused a meeting time because they referenced the wrong time zone. It takes seconds to confirm the time zone for the meeting. It could take years to recover from the faux pas of missing a meeting because you had the wrong time zone. Remember, not every state or country observes daylight savings time, and some states span multiple time zones, so it always pays to confirm the time zone, not just the country or state of the caller.
Similarly, if you’re hosting an international webcast or town hall meeting to bring employees closer, make sure to study the culture of your international colleagues. You don’t want to make a cultural faux pas that will drive your teams further apart. Give your employees the tools they need to succeed and to stay connected to build a powerful international team.
Connection Starts with a Seamless Webcast
Keeping culture and time zones in mind, respecting regional HR laws, and ensuring security with every meeting can help bring employees and leaders in even the largest multinational organizations closer together.
High-quality audio and video during your webcast or town hall will make attendees feel more engaged and connected. Connect with the professionals at PGi to learn more about our GlobalMeet webcasting software and services.