In continuation to my previous post on emerging HR trends, let me touch upon International HRM emerging trends in the article.
International HRM places greater emphasis on a number of responsibilities and functions such as relocation, orientation and translation services to help employees adapt to a new and different environment outside their own country.
- Selection of employees requires careful evaluation of the personal characteristics of the candidate and his/her spouse.
- Training and development extends beyond information and orientation training to include sensitivity training and field experiences that will enable the manager to understand cultural differences better. Managers need to be protected from career development risks, re-entry problems and culture shock.
- To balance the pros and cons of home country and host country evaluations, performance evaluations should combine the two sources of appraisal information.
- Compensation systems should support the overall strategic intent of the organization but should be customized for local conditions.
- In many European countries - Germany for one, law establishes representation. Organizations typically negotiate the agreement with the unions at a national level. In Europe it is more likely for salaried employees and managers to be unionized.
In my next post, I shall touch upon on the role of HR in Mergers and Acquisitions.