The Pros and Cons of Hiring Remote Global Talent

Discover the perks and pitfalls of hiring a global workforce

U.S. companies and hiring managers are increasingly exploring the option of hiring global remote talent, specifically in the Philippines.

Read on to gain insights into the advantages and challenges of hiring global remote talent to make informed decisions.
Understand the nuances of global remote hiring and discover how Halo Recruiting can support your efforts.

A global workforce is more than a pandemic-era trend—it’s becoming a critical part of business continuity and maintaining a competitive edge. Currently, about 27% of the U.S. population is working remotely, at least in part. But that’s just the tip of the remote work iceberg.

In addition to domestic roles, companies are increasingly seeking international talent. Nearly 6 in 10 businesses say they have hired abroad, and nearly 75% of businesses plan to increase international headcounts.

If you’re considering dipping your toes into a global workforce, it’s essential to understand the pros and cons of doing so. Here’s a closer look at what you can expect.

The Advantages of Hiring Global Remote Talent

Hiring global talent became a must for many companies as they struggled to fill positions with local workers. The practice continues thanks to a range of benefits for employers and remote talent alike.

Access to a Diverse Talent Pool

Go beyond geographic constraints and tap into a workforce with major potential. In a tight job market, hiring global talent gives you access to more candidates with the skills you need.

Cost-Effectiveness

Hiring in other countries, such as the Philippines, can help companies save money without cutting corners on quality. Overseas workers often live in areas that have lower costs of living, allowing them to accept lower salaries while still maintaining a high quality of life. These savings are passed on to companies.

In addition, companies can save extra money on office space and infrastructure since their overseas employees don’t work on-site.

Increased Productivity and Flexibility

Remote work naturally creates flexibility in work hours and environments. Many overseas workers are used to keeping pace with their U.S. employer’s regular work hours, while others can work during their daytime hours to give you coverage during the night.

If you need to keep business going, around the clock, hiring workers across multiple time zones can give you a strategic advantage. Different time zones broaden your availability to customers, carving a path to 24/7 work cycles.

Cultural Diversity and Innovation

Most companies have made DEI a top priority in their organizations. The benefits of this have been well-documented, including improved decision-making, higher profits, innovation, and employee retention.
Hiring overseas workers contributes to DEI goals while reaping the benefits of a diverse workforce. Companies gain exposure to different perspectives and ideas and can foster a culture of innovation through diverse teams.

The Challenges of Hiring Global Remote Talent

Despite the benefits of hiring global talent, many companies still struggle to successfully source, onboard, and retain overseas employees. Understanding these challenges can position you to address them and move forward with the right candidates.

Communication Barriers

English is a well-known language in countries where remote work is popular. However, communication barriers remain due to dealing with different time zones. When teams aren’t able to communicate at the same time, responses can be delayed, projects can stall, and productivity may suffer as a result.

There may also be language and cultural communication challenges. We see examples of this in the English language frequently (e.g., the meaning of the word “chips” in the USA vs. England). There may be times when it’s best to over-communicate and ensure everyone is on the same page, which can take extra time and effort.

Legal and Compliance Issues

Companies that have never hired outside the country often struggle with navigating international employment laws. Tax reporting, currencies, and workers’ rights may vary by country, which can lead to potential compliance challenges.

It’s essential to ensure compliance with regulations in both the U.S. and the employee’s home country. There are plenty of resources that can help ease this barrier to entry, ensuring employers don’t have to figure out all the details on their own.

Building and Maintaining Team Cohesion

Remote work tools like video conferencing help bring people closer together, but these tools have their limits. With a lack of true face-to-face interaction, employees need to find new ways to build and maintain team cohesion.

Collaborating and team building across borders can prove tricky, although it’s not impossible.

Examples of remote team-building strategies include:

  • Implementing a virtual water cooler
  • One-to-one video conferencing sessions
  • Online games
  • Book clubs
  • Virtual ice breakers

Add to this list however you see fit. The sky truly is the limit when you have the right technology and team in place.

Addressing Your Concerns: How Halo Recruiting Can Help

There are pros and cons to every hire, but in the case of remote global talent, the pros often outweigh the downsides.

For companies that are new to employing overseas workers or want to expand their current workforce, it’s best to work with a purpose-built hiring company with experience in navigating these and other challenges. A dedicated offshore hiring company can also help you maximize the benefits of remote global talent while providing guidance for making good recruiting decisions.

Global talent can be the strategic lift your business needs. Consider working with a hiring agency that’s well-versed in the intricate details and demands of global talent and skip straight to the advantages that remote hiring offers.

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