The detailed survey focused on the challenges of recruiting globally and managing an international workforce and reported that 46 per cent of HR managers struggle when it comes to finding global candidates. The research, carried out by CEMS – the Global Alliance in Business Education – alongside their corporate partner Universum, also found that 87 per cent of respondents consider foreign language skills to be important for employability.
HR managers see the major challenges of working abroad for their employees as – understanding a new culture (48 per cent), cultural shock (24 per cent) and language/communication issues (16 per cent). Other issues raised include problems with finding a position when employees return (repatriation), high costs for the company and visa issues.
The research involved in-depth interviews with 80 global HR managers, half of whom were based in Europe. Over half were from major companies with over 1000 employees. One in seven HR managers from larger organisations said that over 30 per cent of managers within their company work internationally (out of their home country), though this figure was lower in smaller companies (41 per cent of all respondents stated that less that 5 per cent operate internationally). The main advantages of hiring globally were seen differently depending on the region. 74 per cent of European HR managers stated that hiring from different countries leads to a diverse working atmosphere whilst non-European HR managers (US and Asia) focused more on the need to close recruiting gaps that are hard to fill and meet graduate expectations of working with international colleagues.