According to a July 2011 Northeast Human Resources Association (NEHRA) e-survey on global HR, the top 3 challenges facing HR practitioners around globalization are 1) leadership development, 2) cultural competency/cultural norms, and 3) employment laws. NEHRA, the premier HR association in New England with over 2,500 members, conducted the e-survey to examine this hot topic within member organizations in New England.
Over 76% of the respondents indicated that their company supports the development of their global HR knowledge. When asked about the one thing that would help respondents enhance their global HR knowledge, the overwhelming answer was more information, resources and training –specifically on the local legal, cultural, and business practices in other countries.
"The results from our survey show not only that our members have the support from their organizations to develop their global HR knowledge, but that there is a strong need for more knowledge and training around this topic” said Tracy-Burns Martin, NEHRA’s Executive Director. “In fact, there appears to be a need not only for more knowledge/training but also a desire by respondents for resources that offer the sharing of best practices across geographies.”
Over 75% of respondents indicated that HR is usually intimately involved in mergers & acquisitions, and nearly 70% of the respondents reported that they are mostly comfortable with their ability to work with people in the countries where they currently conduct business. However, over 60% of respondents stated that they don’t always feel they can add immediate value in any global HR initiative without access to more local resources.
Over 55% of respondents indicated that they currently have both HR practitioners and leadership in other countries, and more than 50% also have plans to expand in the global market within the next year.
For more information on this important topic, please “Save the Date” for NEHRA’s Global HR Conference - coming up this fall - on November 3rd at the Westin Hotel in Waltham, MA. Visit www.nehra.com/events for more details.
About the survey and NEHRA
Over 2,500 HR professionals, representing large and small companies in all industries within the region, as well as individuals providing products and services to the human resources community, comprise NEHRA's membership base. A total of 91 NEHRA members responded to the online survey, which was conducted from June 27 to July 8, 2011.
NEHRA is New England's premier human resources association. Since 1985, NEHRA has provided HR professionals with programs, information and relationships that stimulate professional growth and enhance workplace contributions. The mission of the Northeast Human Resources Association is to lead, advance and influence the management of human resources and its impact on organizational success. For more information, visit www.nehra.com.