Granted, there are many complications in hiring remote workers from outside of the country where the company is based, and there are plenty of complications working for a company based outside of the US. I know. I used to work for a company based in Australia, though they were also incorporated in the US, which helped with some legal and tax complications. Still, I’ve said before that remote work opens up the number of people who can work for you, which opens up the possibility that you’ll have better talent available than your non-remote competitors.
Given that, we should have expected this:
The number of American workers hired by international companies grew 62% last year, according to the State of Global Hiring Report from Deel, an HR platform that specializes in global hiring.
I read this article with some additional context in my personal life. I live in one of those states where the new governor opposes any Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion programs. We expect the mandates aimed at Universities and other state contractors to be coming down any day now, ordering them to end any DEI basis in hiring. The argument goes that we should not concern ourselves with gender, race, or anything other than hiring the best person for the job.
I’ve also noticed that many of these same people favor returning to working in offices full-time. Because, in their minds, that’s where work gets done.
I find it interesting that the same people who only want to hire “the most qualified” person also want to limit themselves to hiring only people who live in the vicinity of their office and are physically able to be in the office 8-10 hours per day, five days a week. It seems that leaves out many talented people who might be better qualified. Can your company compete with just that labor pool in a global economy when others search the world for talent?
If foreign companies poach American workers to work remotely, they might know something you don’t.
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