With countries increasingly leveraging on local talent to fulfil business needs, the development and retention of local talent is becoming a key priority among firms in Asia.
Companies have realised that an average talent pool today is made up of a hybrid of local and foreign staff who need to be able to work and coexist harmoniously in order for any organisation to succeed.
In light of this, what can hiring managers do on their end to help staff with different backgrounds integrate in the workplace and build an inclusive and productive environment?
One of the most efficient ways locals and foreigners can work together is through learning transfers. For example, as part of developmental programmes, staff with more international backgrounds and experience can facilitate the transfer of their global knowledge and skills to locals.
At the same time, they can gain more in-depth local experience and information from their local counterparts. This will allow all different types of talent to leverage on their strengths and work productively.
To make talent feel even more comfortable in a culturally-diverse environment, employers can also include opportunities for staff to interact in settings outside of work so that different employees can get to know one another. These include informal networking sessions and game nights.
Understanding and addressing needs
Additionally, employers can take the initiative to be more aware of cultural backgrounds, lives and interests of employees. Building relationships through increased understanding and trust helps to foster inclusion. Employers can take advantage of such knowledge to meet specific needs of employees, and make them feel more welcome at work.
This is especially crucial for new hires who have just moved across geographies.
It also remains integral to ensure all hires feel they are getting equal opportunities. Internally, performance and reward metrics should ideally be built on the same grounds for everyone, irrespective of origin and background of staff.
Additionally, when considering candidates, companies should take the best-fit approach, seeking the best person for the job with regards to merit and skill sets, be it locally or from overseas.
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