UK HR departments need to adapt to successfully manage international workforces in era of rising globalisation, claims new report
HR departments have had to adapt to develop new strategies to manage the complexities of an international workforce, according to a new report from Talentia Software. The report also reveals how rising globalisation has led to a greater shift towards global HR practitioners utilising strong personal networks both inside and outside of their respective organisations.
Talentia’s latest report states that more businesses are now operating on an international stage than ever before. It explores how a common HR system can facilitate a shift from HR being a ‘transactional’ function to adding significant business development value. It also examines how more organisations now understand the importance of ‘winning hearts and minds’ of employees when implementing new systems.
“Thanks to technology, and in particular the advent of the Cloud, global business is no longer the preserve of just the largest corporates. Even the smallest companies are now trading, collaborating and forging partnerships with their customers and counterparts overseas,” comments Julie Windsor, Managing Director of Talentia Software UK. “The successful roll-out of a global HR system is not just about the nuts and bolts of implementing the technology; striking the right balance between global HR processes and local variations is key.”
Julie Windsor adds, “To achieve global engagement, organisations must consider underlying factors that influence the speed and style of any new system, including organisational cultures; skills; management support and compatibility. Best practice is to build HR policies that have global intent but which allow room for local variation.”
Talentia Software’s whitepaper, Deploying Global HR Management Systems: Benefits, Issues and Latest Thinking, provides practical advice on the key stages of planning and implementation, as well as case studies demonstrating how a range of organisations have benefited from adopting a unified, technology-enabled approach. It provides details of the company’s work with a number of international organisations including global engineering company Renishaw; innovative food packaging producer LINPAC; and Epson, the market leader in digital imaging technology.
Continuing to explore the globalisation theme, Julie Windsor concludes, “To expect countries to operate similarly seems simple minded as they are all so different in terms of history, culture and traditions. Internet technology, however, is bringing Western culture throughout the world and is affecting styles, cultures and aspirations.”
A global Human Resource Management system can deliver significant benefits to an international organisation by speeding up decision-making, improving connectivity and providing real-time information to managers. Talentia’s solution aligns people management and talent strategies for optimal business performance through core HR administration for the full employee lifecycle; integrated reporting and organisation charting; embedded workflow to help streamline processes and improve service delivery; and talent management modules for performance, compensation, management development, succession and career planning.
The full whitepaper can be downloaded here.