There’s an assumption that the biggest challenge with hiring a non-native English speaker is communication. Managers fear misunderstandings and missed cultural cues that could lead to tension with other employees.
No, technology will not kill HR, but it will force HR to evolve.
Traditionally, organizations tasked HR departments with a few key functions – compliance, recruiting, training, payroll, benefits – but many of these responsibilities are being automated by new technology. This may look like a grim picture, but it actually means that HR jobs will get a touch more interesting in several ways.
What propels your employees out of bed and to the office? If your response is, “A regular paycheck” then you’ve got a problem on your hands.
A clearly defined mission statement provides purpose, focus, and direction for everyone in your organization regardless of their role. Everybody from your social media coordinator to your front-end developer should know what your company’s about and what vision of the world you’re working towards.
Companies have to relocate employees for different reasons. They may be changing locations entirely, need to make up for a skills deficit in a regional office, or want to attract top talent located elsewhere.
There’s a saying: Hire smart people and then get out of their way.
This expression is true, but it’s missing an important third part. It should be:
- Hire smart people
- Get out of their way
- And then make sure nothing else is in their way
In other words: Managers, start empowering your employees.
Living and working in an English-speaking country isn’t as simple as mastering the grammar. There are so many customs and nuances to pick up on that hardly a week goes by when even the most competent non-native English speakers aren’t faced with one of the following situations in the workplace.
It’s no surprise that companies are increasingly turning to remote workers. Studies show that they are happier and more productive. As a result, managers are figuring out how to get their in-house team and their remote team to work together seamlessly. Throw remote workers located abroad into the mix, and this further complicates the matter.
Your company’s greatest asset is its people. They push your product, solve complex problems, and keep your business running. Ideally, you want great employees who stick around to grow your company and help you take it to the next level. But that kind of thing doesn’t happen magically, even with the most talented people. Rather, employers must actively invest in their employees.
It’s a requirement that regularly appears in job postings: native English speakers only.
Communication is vital to business, and it’s more than fair to require excellent language skills from your employees, but recruiters often forget that “non-native English speakers” doesn’t necessarily mean “non-fluent”. It’s not uncommon to meet a non-native speaker whose English is more impressive than a native speaker’s.
Startups are all the rage right now, but there’s still something to be said about working for a multinational company. The experience, the diversity, and the high stakes all make for an interesting work environment. While organizational structures differ from company to company, most people who’ve worked for a global business can identify with these five perks.