As more and more companies have turned to online working, and the pandemic has shown employers just how beneficial remote working actually is, we could see a change to the way in which we approach jobs and careers; not only on a national level, but on an international one too.
Global talent management has been a buzzword for a few decades, and since the pandemic is appears to be at the forefront of both employers’ and employees’ minds. As the need for multinational firms to be as competitive as possible in the global marketplace increased, so too did the need to create a diverse workforce that worked internationally in key areas. However, we’re seeing a rise in SMEs looking to recruit global talent, and it appears the pandemic has only accelerated this.
Over the last decade technological advancements have made it easier than ever for colleagues to work together, and yet still be apart – even if they’re thousands and miles’ away. From online collaboration tools like Zoom and Teams, to interactive touchscreens that allow multiple participants to contribute to slides in real-time, technology is helping remote collaborations.
In addition, faster Wi-Fi signals and cheaper internet connections means that work can continue virtually seamlessly. And of course, flexible storage and cloud-based networks are not only here to stay but are vital for the future of businesses – whether we return to the office or continue working remotely.
Creating culture outside the office
One of the biggest draws to a company for employees is the companies stance on encouraging socialising. Companies that encourage staff to foster friendships, by offering social activities within the working week are highly sought after. But with the potential for more employees to be based around the globe, it could mean that this important aspect suffers. There have been various studies that show that prolonged lone working can have a detrimental impact on mental well-being.
In order to overcome this, there will need to be thought put into virtual socialising. Remote working doesn’t have to be isolating. If employees are given the tools they need to build and share their culture, then everyone will be richer for it.
For years global talent management meant potentially relocating from one country to another. With both employer and employee having to instruct immigration lawyers like Withers, to ensure the new recruit was able to legally work for the company. Now though, physical boundaries are less of an obstacle. Technology and employers’ new-found open-mindedness about remote working has opened up a whole new pool of talent. The idea that workers have to physically move to get a job is gone, along with the costs of relocation is long gone.