Start Hiring Your International Employees

The pandemic has accelerated the adoption of work from home practices and changed the way we work and how we access talent. Now, incorporating a global workforce is the new norm.

If you’ve considered hiring international employees but had second thoughts because of the pandemic, it’s time to revisit it. You can now hire candidates from all over the world, without the lengthy legal process or hefty price tags.

Find out more about putting together an international team!

1. Importance of compliance in the workplace

International employment laws are complex and ever-changing. Companies who lack the knowledge and fail to comply with local regulations such as payroll and taxes face harsh audits, fines, bad press and even the loss of prestige and credibility.

Payroll Process Outsourcing  Elimination of HR legislature problems.

Payroll Process Outsourcing  Increased operational efficiency and safety.

Payroll Process Outsourcing  Improved employee engagement and retention.

Payroll Process Outsourcing  Enhanced reputation and trust among customers.

This is where a PEO steps in. They have a pre-established legal presence around the word and exist to help companies cost-effectively navigate the complicated international business environment. This includes contract administration, hiring, compensating according to local laws and regulations, ensuring proper employee tax withholdings, etc. among many other core HR functions.

2.  Reasons to hire through a PEO

A PEO like TG is a 3rd party HR outsourcing firm that handles all your risk mitigation, compliance, payroll, and benefits concerning your employees while you maintain daily operations control. Companies hire a PEO for several reasons.

Payroll Process Outsourcing  Cost and time savings when entering new markets

Utilising a PEO is more cost effective than setting up and maintaining a foreign entity. Companies can begin operating in weeks as compared to 3 to 4 months with the help of a PEO.

Payroll Process Outsourcing  Compliance management

TG ensures compliance with local HR regulations for your global workforce amid the ever-changing labour regulations across countries.

Payroll Process Outsourcing  Flexibility and scalability of operations

With TG as your PEO, you can expand or withdraw your operations in various countries, with no lingering costs or liabilities upon early exit.

Despite the benefits a PEO can bring, there are some perceived disadvantages of PEOs:

Payroll Process Outsourcing  Relinquishing control of your business

Outsourcing to a PEO transfers specific administrative and compliance tasks such as hiring, payroll processing and tax remittance. There is no direct interference with the daily operations of a client’s workforce. Also, PEOs will only take disciplinary action on employees after a consultation with the client company.

Payroll Process Outsourcing  Employee preference against PEOs

Employees prefer contracting with the client company rather than a PEO as it gives them the peace of mind of job security. However, PEOs are payroll and compliance specialists with a dedicated team of support staff who will ensure prompt conflict resolution and staff pay-outs.

How do you know if engaging a PEO’s services is right for you?

Payroll Process Outsourcing  Are you certain of business potential and returns of the foreign market?

Payroll Process Outsourcing  Are you familiar with the local labour regulations?

Payroll Process Outsourcing  Can you delay hiring for several months?

Payroll Process Outsourcing  Can your current HR team manage the additional team in the foreign market?

Payroll Process Outsourcing  Do you have an extensive global expansion budget?

If your answer is “No” or if you are unsure of any of your answers to these questions, our recommendation for you, is to utilize the services of a PEO. Alternatively, you can always connect with us, and our expert staff can provide you with relevant advice to any of your doubts.

3. Strategies to promote cultural diversity in the workplace.

Diversity is a crucial element of who we are as a society, but even now, many businesses are struggling to manage this concept within their workforce. At TG, we understand that it is a prevalent issue and here are 3 strategies that we adopt to help our teams understand and respect cultural differences.

Payroll Process Outsourcing   Evaluate bias before employing them

Looking out for signs of racial bias and discriminatory behaviour during the employment interview process will limit potential issues.

Payroll Process Outsourcing  Celebrating diversity in the workplace

Recognise employees who demonstrate acceptable and appropriate behaviour. This increases the awareness of diversity in the company culture and incentivises employees to make the shift.

Payroll Process Outsourcing  Make diversity and inclusion a core value

Create a set of actionable habits and follow through with consequences when employees  display unacceptable behaviour. Drawing clear boundaries sets teams up for success by creating a culture of safety and trust.

4. Why are policies and procedures essential?

The purpose of these policies and procedures is to bring uniformity and standardise corporate operations, reducing the risks of unwanted events. It organises employees and enables the business to achieve its business objectives more efficiently. Other benefits associated with setting stringent policies and procedures include:

Payroll Process Outsourcing  Setting clear expectations.

Payroll Process Outsourcing  Ensuring compliance within the organisation.

Payroll Process Outsourcing  Provides company with defences against employee claims.

Payroll Process Outsourcing  Keeps the management accountable.

Payroll Process Outsourcing  Let employees know where to turn to for help.

5. Effective management of teams operating across time zones.

Keeping employees engaged, organised, and united across multiple time zones is no easy feat. However, here are some best practices on how you can do so:

Payroll Process Outsourcing  Embrace virtual project management and collaborative tools .

CRM Tools allow teammates to update their status on a task.  As such, project managers will not need to keep checking on each member’s progress individually.

Payroll Process Outsourcing  Schedule less urgent emails to be sent at times where international teammates are active.

Payroll Process Outsourcing  Communicate clear time zone boundaries and set reasonable deadlines.

Payroll Process Outsourcing  Test out split shifts or workdays that cater to different time zones . For example, working half a day in the office and working remotely from home at night or in the early morning.

Payroll Process Outsourcing  Coordinate shared calendars and embrace asynchronous communication. Get all members to key their work commitments in and with a little compromise, you’ll be able to find a time to get everyone on the same page.

TG has global infrastructure and locally compliant employment contracts readily prepared to hire your employees and become their legal Employer of Record. We provide companies with a global employment solution without the burden of establishing a foreign legal entity, so you can maintain cost-effectiveness and focus on running your business.

If you are looking to expand overseas and looking for a reliable and scalable HR solution, our PEO team is always available to take on your questions. How does TG ensure the compliance of workers provided? What are some of the costs companies need to consider when hiring from a PEO like TG? Find out more about TG’s PEO services or drop us your queries here.