Tag Archives: EMEA

Moving Forward

Mobility Technology

Innovative technology advancements are changing the global mobility landscape.

By Simon Kent

A recent report from the RES Forum shows that there is still huge untapped potential for the use of technology in aiding global mobility. The report suggests that areas such as pre-assignment support, payroll processes, and repatriation could all benefit significantly from digitalisation. The report’s author, Professor Benjamin Bader, senior lecturer in international HR management at Newcastle University Business School in the UK, says the sector is only just beginning to adopt technology and the future of the function is still up for debate.

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RX for EX

Employee Experience

Improving the employee experience is a key consideration when attracting and retaining top talent.

By Simon Kent

A positive first impression is often not enough to keep new employees happy and engaged. Whilst a new hire may experience excitement and pride at first, their positivity will decrease if the reality of working for a company doesn’t match their expectations. In order to address this, HR is exploring the employee experience—a consideration of what it is like to work at a company from a multitude of perspectives.

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The Age of Collaboration

Workforce Generations

Today’s multi-generational workforce has a lot potential, but will only reach it if organisations can manage its many complexities.

By Simon Kent

A long history in the paper and packaging industry means the workforce at Mondi is extremely diverse. The company has operations in over 33 countries and creates paper and packing for large, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies such as Nestle, P&G, and Unilever. According to Group HR Director Michael Hakes, many of the company’s 26,000 employees started with Mondi straight out of school and still make up an important part of its workforce some 40 years later. Naturally, this has created an age-diverse workforce that presents both benefits and challenges.

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Editor’s Note: Solutions Found Here

HRO Today

By Debbie Bolla

There’s no shortage of challenges for HR leaders in EMEA. But not to worry—we’ve got you covered. In this issue, Editor-at-Large Simon Kent provides strategic approaches to improve the employee experience as well as actionable advice on how HR can leverage technology to ease mobility and how to get the most out of the multi-generational workforce. And it that’s not enough, we also have our annual HRO Today Forum EMEA coming up to help you overcome any obstacles you are facing. Take, for example, these three common workforces concerns:

Challenge: Improving employee engagement

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Will Unemployment Rates Continue to Fall?

Global Unemployment Report

Organizations are faced with a precarious worldwide economic environment and tight labor market in the first quarter of 2019.

By Larry Basinait

Coming off a strong year in 2018 where unemployment continued to fall in many countries, global growth in the first quarter of 2019 declined. The International Monetary Fund cut its outlook for global growth to 3.3 percent this year, the lowest since the financial crisis of 2009. A range of threats are menacing the global economy, including the possible collapse of negotiations between the U.S. and China to end their trade war and the departure of Britain from the European Union without a transition agreement.

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Decreasing the Gap

Gender Pay Gap

Faced with stricter pay reporting regulations, UK companies are implementing recruitment strategies to increase diversity.

By Simon Kent

The UK’s gender pay gap reporting regulations, which require organisations with more than 250 employees to publish their pay gap data, have revealed the significant and entrenched gender inequality that exists in the workplace. But on its own, the initiative is not enough to change the problems it highlights.

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Facing the Future

HR Technologies

Technology is disrupting the HR industry, but organisations can prepare by embracing policies that encourage a blended workforce.

By Simon Kent

Technology-driven change in the workplace should not be feared. Indeed, HR teams should welcome it as an opportunity to contribute more to the success of their businesses. Recently, the UK’s own Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd emphasised the benefits of technology by saying, “Automation is driving the decline of banal and repetitive tasks so the jobs of the future are increasingly likely to be those that need human sensibilities, with personal relationships, qualitative judgment, and creativity coming to the fore.”

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On-Demand In Demand

Payroll Technology

Today’s technology developments can improve the ease and efficiency of payroll and rewards processes.

By Simon Kent

It’s a cliché but it’s true: There really is an app for everything. For employers, the 24/7 always-on, always-available level of service expected by customers is now also expected by employees. Just as banking hours have been replaced by a constantly accessible online portal, the idea that employees should wait until office hours to check their pay, rewards, benefits, and other work-related entitlements is becoming outdated.

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Navigating Your Way to Total Talent

Total Talent

With Greg Barber, Managing Director for EMEA RPO, Allegis Global Solutions

Today’s workforce is not one-size-fits-all. From permanent members of the team to temporary assignments and contract-based projects, employees are engaging with their employers in new and increasingly flexible ways. This trend presents organisations with an opportunity to be leaner and more agile—but also a significant challenge in managing the many sources of talent. In response, companies are choosing to adopt a Total Talent (TT) approach to talent acquisition that blends MSP and RPO capabilities into a single platform.

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Editor’s Note: Making Pay Equality Stack Up

HRO Today

By Debbie Bolla

Pay transparency has been making headlines in recent months—and is a good reason our Editor-at-Large Simon Kent reports on the impact of the UK’s gender pay gap reporting regulations in this issue’s cover story Decreasing the Gap.

Pay transparency was also named one of 2019’s top four trends by this year’s LinkedIn Global Talent Trends survey. In fact, the survey found that 53 per cent of talent professionals rate it as very important trend to the future of HR and recruiting. Breaking down the feedback from more than 5,000 professionals in 35 countries, the survey shows the importance of pay transparency by geography, including Spain (64 per cent); France (50 per cent); UK (50 per cent); and northern Europe (44 per cent).

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