Do you have a start-up that needs a motivated team? Is your business running but you lack a driven workforce? Have you been looking up, down, and sideways but still can’t find the right people for the job?
Don’t despair. There is hope yet in the horizon.
A world of opportunities
Whether you are only starting a business or have been running one for some time, you will need people who can help your business reach the pinnacle of success.
However, finding the right people for your organization can be quite a daunting task. Business owners, department directors, or HR managers can all fall in a rut when looking for top talent.
When the local pond has given you a drought of options, you can still train your sights in tapping a global pool of professionals. For sure, there are people in different parts of the world who are perfect for the positions that you are offering. The natural inclination of people to seek greener pastures beyond their homeland also contributes to the burgeoning flexibility of the labor market.
You must keep in mind, though, that in a society where a distributed workforce is fast becoming a norm, you cannot remain bound to traditional modes of seeking employees anymore.
There are human resources trends that you should keep tabs on so you can be properly apprised of the developments that will likely land you the person you are looking for as a member of your company.
A lot of 21st century workers have shifted their priorities and now opt to work remotely. In fact 90% plan to work remotely for the rest of their working lives and simply enjoy the benefits of doing their jobs at home or in nontraditional workspaces. These remote workers – from technical geniuses, copywriting and content consultants, and everything in between – have evolved ways in looking for work. This means that traditional ways of looking for team members may not yield you the results you expected.
To further aid you in your employee search, here are some tips on how to find the best from a global talent pool:
1. Manage the pool
Dealing with a database of international talent can be a daunting task. There are several factors that need to be taken into consideration such as cultural differences and migration requirements.
To make the management of information more manageable, enlist the aid of professional headhunter services that can make the hiring process simpler. These agencies that specialize in headhunting services can benefit you with their years of experience and expertise in looking for highly qualified executives that match your conditions.
Typically, a good recruitment agency will take the time to get to know your company values to be able to come up with a perfect match. A stringent employee selection process ensures you that candidates come from an expansive network of professionals from across managerial levels in technical, non-technical, and niche fields both locally and internationally.
2. Address cross-cultural concerns
Cultural issues such as language, religion, psychology, and work ethics as well as immigration and nationality status can all pose challenges when hiring from a global pool.
You can ask for the help of migration consultants or even recruitment agencies who also do visa processing services for your international hires if they are not working remotely.
A knowledgeable and efficient HR department will also be critical in handling concerns regarding a diverse workforce coming from different corners of the globe. Make sure that your HR manager hires people who can work effectively and harmoniously with a multinational group. They can make use of assessment tools that analyze intellectual and behavioral competencies.
Once you have these solutions in place, you will have a better chance of hiring and retaining transnational employees.
3. Stipulate stability
To attract and retain high-quality and committed employees, you must readily stipulate specific information that gives them a sense of stability.
Regardless if they are part-time or full-time, in-office or remote, setting specific work hours and salary range will attract topnotch candidates since they will be able to see how to manage their time effectively.
Indicate if they need to be relocated, will need to travel often, have housing or transportation provisions, and other employee benefits and privileges.
4. Foster flexibility
To adapt to a fast-becoming flexible working environment, you must also be open to offering flexibility options to your would-be employees.
Whether you have a distributed workforce setup or still work in a traditional office, offering flexi-hours, different shifts, and different types of hiring setups can be a boon to these top-notch corporate assets. Welcome full-time, part-time, or even gig-only workers to your organization and you will benefit from their varying points of view and insights.
5. Create training opportunities
It is always a come-on especially to the new generation of workers if you stipulate that you are someone who supports continued learning.
Providing opportunities for professional development can entice and pique the curiosity of top talent. They will certainly consider working for a company that gives importance to ongoing education and training for their employees.
Swimming with the tide
Every employee – regardless of race, color, or religion – has unique traits and characteristics that will set them apart from everyone. Some will stand out based on their different gifts and talents, and there will always be someone who is just right for your company.
There will be an ebb and flow when it comes to staffing concerns and you should be able to adequately address these matters when you want the best people on your team. The world is changing and to be a competitive employer in this cutthroat world, you must also be able to ride the wave of change.
The labor landscape is evolving. The global workforce is becoming more empowered and you need to be able to provide a nourishing environment for them to thrive and bring their fresh ideas and global mindset to breathe new life into your business.
A passionate recruiter with more than 12 years in the executive search industry, Payal Bhatia is an international headhunter and business partner for RM & Associates in the MENA region specializing in the FMCG, retail, telecom and engineering sectors.