Making the Most of a Remote Workforce
Even the most driven, competent business owner can’t be in two places at once—international expansion always means learning to manage at least one remote workforce. But running a workforce remotely can cause complications for business owners who don’t know what to expect, whether it’s a tiny miscommunication or a significant legal slip-up. Here’s how to make sure you get the most from your international workers, so your business can thrive anywhere.
Prepare International Employment Contracts
International employment contracts are crucial when you’re hiring abroad. They ensure that your terms of employment are compliant with the laws of the country in which you’re expanding. These contracts also act as a guide in the event that you ever have a dispute with one of your employees. Having an international employment contract will save you time and confusion, and it will also provide reassurance to your employees that you are operating compliantly. You will probably need to hire a local specialist to draw up the international employment contract, so give yourself sufficient time to get the details together.
Sort Out Payroll Before You Hire
Your international employment contracts should provide an outline for your global payroll, and it’s important to implement this payroll system before you hire. Global payroll protects your most critical international assets – your employees. If your overseas payroll system is not compliant or is registered incorrectly, your employees might not receive their pay, which is frustrating for all parties and can foster resentment between you and your workers. In contrast, a smooth payroll system from the outset of your expansion can greatly increase employee satisfaction and set up your business for success in the years to come.
Your legal and payroll systems are in place, you’ve hired your employees and your business is up and running in your targeted country. Now begins the hard work of managing your business’s day-to-day operations. To ensure that there is no disconnect between your expectations and your employees’ actions, you’ll need to communicate with them everyday. This doesn’t have to mean talking to each of your employees on the phone for hours; even staying in touch through email can be sufficient on busy days. This emphasis on direct, open communication will help you get a feel for what you can do to assist your remote workers and will allow them to understand how to successfully operate your company.
Take Advantage of Technology
Using the right technology can make this communication easier, and it can fortify your relationships with your workers. Employee feedback software allows you to engage with your workers seamlessly, file sharing applications let you keep tabs on what your employees are working on and a multitude of video chatting platforms give you the power to talk to your employees face-to-face whenever you need to. With these tools in your arsenal, you’ll be able to problem-solve with your workers and understand how you can support them.
Whether you’re merely considering international business expansion or you’re currently working toward global growth, Galvin International can help. Our international expansion concierge service provides you with all the resources you need to seamlessly globalise your brand. We connect you with experts in your targeted country to assist you with everything from setting up global payroll to finding the best software programs for your company. Get in touch with Galvin International today and discover how we can help your business reach new heights.