How Work Culture Norms Cross Country Lines

Posted by: ADP HK on 9 August 2017 in Benefits, Human Capital Management, Multinational & Globalization

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Hong Kong employees have the longest working week around the world according to a survey by UBS, as they work 50.1 hours on average each week. While there’s no sign to slow down and enjoy life in Hong Kong, some European countries are actively preventing their employees from working too long hours.In Sweden, two years of experimenting with a shortened workweek to boost work productivity led to more confusion and conflicting results than actual benefits. In France and Spain, where shorter workweeks have long been the norm, some reports suggest these Europeans may get as much work done as their cohorts in the U.S. and U.K.Still, while many of France's white-collar workers do work more than 35 hours a week, they're compensated for their extra time through overtime or paid time off. And, across Europe, total vacation days provided to…

International expansion: How to avoid the top three pitfalls of global payroll and HR

Posted by: ADP HK on 1 August 2017 in Human Capital Management, Multinational & Globalization

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International expansion and having a physical presence in a new country offers many Chinese/Hong Kong businesses the chance to reach a significant number of new customers and substantially boost profits. Inadequate payroll and HR processes can however quickly derail these growth plans – as they expose your business to escalating costs, inefficiency and risks. Focusing on correcting these processes is usually time consuming and worse still, it can take the attention of your team away from more strategic activities that are crucial during any global expansion. In this blog series we will review the top three challenges of global payroll and HR – sharing real-life examples of where organisations have gone wrong and how your business can avoid these pitfalls.Challenge 1: The cost of global payroll Multiple systems multiply costsOrganisations that expand internationally can choose to implement a local in-house,…

Employee Appreciation: Why Saying Thank You Matters

Posted by: ADP HK on 24 July 2017 in Human Capital Management

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Showing employee appreciation, even if it's as simple as saying thanks, is important. Employee appreciation can build workplace confidence, promote learning, help build a culture of appreciation and get people to work harder. Bestselling author and behavioral economist Dan Ariely wrote in his book, "Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations," that employees crave more recognition, and offering employees appreciation can drive individual growth and performance.Show Appreciation to Retain Talent and Build Organizational CultureTalented employees want to know how they're doing, so providing feedback offers them opportunities to learn and grow. Expressing appreciation for a job well-done is part of that vital, talent-engaging feedback process.Moreover, expressing appreciation when it's deserved can build team cohesion and organizational culture. If customer focus is part of the collective culture you want to build, then saying "thank you" to an employee who resolves a…

How Office Design Affects Productivity

Posted by: ADP HK on 24 July 2017 in Human Capital Management

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Your organization's office design is likely affecting your employees' performance. In recent decades, open offices have become increasingly popular because they're cost-effective and can promote collaboration. But BBC reports that research shows that too much openness in an office setting can be distracting and negatively impact employee performance and engagement.In recent years, many organizations may have viewed open offices as a way to save money — they are less expensive to construct and can accommodate more employees per square foot. But if your open office is contributing to lower productivity and disengagement among employees, it may not make sense economically.Drawbacks to Open OfficesWhile an open workspace design has been lauded for its ability to foster collaboration and teamwork, too much collaboration can lead to disengagement among employees, according to Harvard Business Review. And Quartz reports that the human brain is actually unable to multitask, so…

Data Collection and HR: Finding Voice in the Big Data Discussion

Posted by: ADP HK on 5 July 2017 in Innovation & Technology

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When it comes to big data, it can be easy for HR leaders to get drowned out by IT pros, security officers and the C-suite. Why? Because while HR is sitting on a data set gold mine — salary information, performance data and employment history to name a few — they're often considered outliers in the world of tech, more concerned with soft skills than hard data. How does HR find a voice in the big data discussion and help empower data collection efforts?Recognize the Value of Your DataThe first thing HR teams can do is recognize the value of their data. Think about it like this — every organization wants opportunities for optimization, ways to make processes run more smoothly, take less time or generate more profit. And while customer-centric and technology-focused data sets are critical in this effort,…