At the CWS conference last Thursday, I hosted two roundtables about expanding programs internationally, and they were both over-subscribed; people were pulling in chairs to seat 14+ people at a 10-person table!
Here are a couple of discussion points from the roundtables:
- Drivers for going global were the usual benefits of visibility, compliance and cost control and savings. The CFO/Finance group seems to be driving a lot of this, rather than HR directly.
- While a “standard global process” is a goal, the process needs to be customized for specific countries
- For capturing the “long tail” of many countries with few workers, using worker tracking (without sourcing or invoicing) can gain the visibility and compliance benefits
- Many people wanted help with each country’s regulations, which typically the MSP and VMS can help provide
- There was a lot of discussion about having one global VMS, but having multiple MSPs depending on the country/region
- There was some conversation about “export laws” for bringing in workers to different countries
The conference overall went very well, we were over-subscribed for both our Wednesday cocktail hour and our Thursday dinner, and many presenters mentioned IQNavigator. Several participants told me “your name is all over the conference”!