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‘Micro-multinational’ companies needing to hire skilled workers abroad face a new set of challenges as the Covid crisis endures. Tristan Woods investigates the issues, reflecting that the future of work is looking increasingly global.
HR leaders are rethinking what the workplace and the “future of work” mean for their organisations and workforce.
The new world faced by HR leaders, which is characterised by a distributed workforce with employees working remotely at least part of the time and some working permanently in another country, was taking shape long before the pandemic.
Collaboration tools made remote work more accessible than ever, while the globalisation of economies allowed HR teams to readily source talent and personnel from anywhere in the world. In fact, by early 2020, many UK companies had already upgraded their workforce technology in anticipation of Brexit and the resulting challenges for those who are now international hires.
But the pandemic's outbreak created a unique business environment in which HR directors in all countries – not just the post-Brexit UK – are seriously re-examining today's global economy and considering how to import or export more of their labour and talent.