Morag Woodliffe, People Puzzles Portfolio HR Director, lists the key reasons why a US based company should have a UK based HR Director for their over-seas office.
1. Having the right management style for your team
Despite speaking the same language, there are cultural differences between management styles in the UK and the US. A People Puzzles Portfolio HR Director can help harmonise messages, programmes and practices to keep your UK employees happy.
2. Getting local employment law right
There is different legislation for hiring and firing in the UK to the US and it’s important to be aware of the legal framework – not just around employment law, but in areas such as data protection, health and safety, etc.
3. Finding the best people available
Having an in-country HR presence will ensure you have a consistent and professional approach to recruitment. Interviews can be conducted face-to-face rather than online, and line managers can be better supported in the recruitment process.
4. Tailoring country-specific benefits
UK employees are likely to have a different expectations around employment benefits to those in the US. For example, health insurance is less of a priority because of the UK’s National Health Service. We can help tailor your benefits package so it is competitive in the local job market.
5. Setting competitive salaries
Base pay in the UK can differ dramatically to the US. Our experienced HR Directors will be able to advise on competitive salary benchmarking, to help you get the best people for your UK team.
6. Providing additional leadership support
Being the in-country managing director can be lonely when the parent company is across the Atlantic; a People Puzzles HR Director can provide immediate support when there are employee issues to address or urgent messages that need communicating to staff, without waiting five hours for the US office to wake up.
7. Facilitating the strategic goals
Strategic HR from a People Puzzles Portfolio HR Director can help clarify the UK business’s strategy and objectives. We can also set up HR programmes, tailored for your UK team, and help to implement them effectively.
Morag Woodliffe, People Director.