Inclusion Training for Remote Teams: Embrace Diversity

As a multitude of companies grow their operations and expand globally, diversity and inclusion training become more vital for employees. In order to grow successfully and flourish as an organization, it’s important to understand the varying complexities of Human Resource management in every country.

Regardless of sector, the global workforce includes people from vastly different backgrounds. Cultural, gender, and economic diversity play an increasingly integral part in small and large businesses alike. This is true even when your workforce is 100% remote.

Diversity and inclusion training for your remote teams can increase their sense of value in their professional role, and open lines of communication. Whether you have an in-house HR department, or choose to outsource your HR needs, you should have an actionable strategy to implement this training.

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How Europe HR Solutions Can Help

At Europe HR Solutions, our Europe-based professionals have worked closely with many US and UK companies looking to expand their international reach. We understand the laws and regulations surrounding European businesses.

We can take care of your HR needs so you can focus on the day-to-day operations and growth of your company. Our expertise allows us to alleviate your stress by offering services such as:

We can implement and lead your diversity and inclusion training programs, too.

Definitions and goals of diversity and inclusion training

In order to implement a successful diversity and inclusion training program, you need a working knowledge of what this process entails, and the pillars the training programs are based on. Let’s take a look.

What is diversity training?

Diversity training tackles issues surrounding diversity that may arise in the workplace. It allows employees to consider the different perspectives their fellow team members may hold, and  helps them develop stronger interpersonal, communication, and collaborative skills.

For example, “get to know your team member” exercises in diversity training could help employees to recognize the vast distinctions of individuals on their team. On remote teams, people may speak different native languages, hail from different countries, and live with contrasting customs.

By sharing their differences, your remote team may become more cohesive and develop a greater understanding of their co-workers communication styles. A conscious awareness of diversity leads to a greater appreciation of inclusion.

What is inclusion training?

Diversity and inclusion training go hand in hand. Diversity helps employees understand that every individual worker is coming from a different background. It increases cultural awareness among team members, and paves the way for inclusion.

Inclusion training helps teams to intentionally welcome and accommodate members who are different and may be in the minority. Inclusion may reach to obvious differences like gender, race, or religion, or could mean accomodation for people with varied personalities and communication styles.

For example, imagine that most of your employees celebrate the Christmas holidays. However, several Muslim employees would prefer to work over Christmas, and take off for Ramadan. Diversity training can open the lines of communication for the Muslim remote team members, and allow their co-workers to understand why Ramadan is important to them.

Diversity and inclusion programs also allow companies to implement company-wide policies that adhere to what this training teaches.

Inclusion training can help management and employees recognize the value of others’ beliefs, practices, and customs, and brainstorm on ways to make every employee  feel welcome.

The four pillars of diversity and inclusion training

Diversity and inclusion training are relatively new aspects of the international HR management curriculum. Diversity training first emerged in the US in the 1960s before expanding to other countries.

Global corporations that incorporate these concepts in the workplace include:

  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Mastercard
  • Kaiser Permanente

Diversity is the foundation for inclusion. However, each concept is based on ideal pillars.

These pillars of diversity and inclusion training for remote teams include:

  • Respect: Respect for every employee and potentially recruited candidate.
  • Belonging: Every team member is made to feel welcome and valued.
  • Contribution: Each team member has the ability to contribute to the success of the collective whole.
  • Career progression: Every team member has the opportunity to progress their career.
  • Inclusive hiring: Diversity (Cultural, Ethnic, Intellectual, and Educational) from the beginning of the hiring process onward.
  • Inclusive leadership: Every employee in a leadership position should exemplify diversity.
  • Accountable goal tracking: Each team member should create a set of professional goals, and have an actionable plan to track and meet these goals.

    Why is diversity and inclusion training important for remote teams?

    It’s estimated that 16% of the global workforce is entirely remote. This number has decreased substantially since 2020, but people are returning to full-time office work after the remote trend during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, many companies opt to keep entirely remote teams, or have employees work with a hybrid of office and remote time.

    For many remote teams, getting to know the diversity of coworkers proves difficult. Communication may only occur during weekly team meetings or via DMs. Diversity and inclusion training for remote teams is a vital way for each team member to feel as though they are both valued and contributing.

    Many remote teams include people in a variety of countries as well. Thus, learning to appreciate one another’s backgrounds, cultures, and ethnicities can prove a successful outcome of training implementation.

    Open lines of communication and motivated employees can be a direct result of diversity and inclusion training as well.

    Contact Euro HR Solutions

    If you’re looking to expand your company in Europe. Euro HR Solutions can offer you guidance and take on your human resources management tasks. If you’d like to outsource your training programs, we can implement a training program for you.

    Your company’s success deserves your full attention — you don’t want to stress about the complexities of HR in Europe. You need an HR team you can depend on. Let Euro HR Solutions take care of your HR needs. Contact us today to help implement diversity and inclusion training for your remote teams.

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    How outsourcing HR can save money

    If you own a small or mid-sized business, you understand how frustrating it can be to spend time and money on tasks that don’t generate revenue. The costs of building an HR department from the ground up can prove astronomical. 

    When you’re launching your small business in a foreign country, especially, you’ll need HR solutions before you open your doors for daily operation. Europe HR Solutions can help.

     

    The right outsourced HR team can reduce your ongoing costs in the following ways:

    • Payroll administration:

    By outsourcing your HR, you can bring in vetted professionals to set up and administer your payroll system. This team can train you to ensure a seamless transition after their service contract is completed. 

    You won’t have to stress over hiring long-term employees to take care of payroll, or training payroll administrators.

    • Benefits implementation:

    Your outsourced HR team can help you to select the right benefits software package and enroll the employees of your small business.

    • Human resources management:

    Outsourcing your HR can prove to be a game changer for your overall human resources management, too. HR consultants contribute through a wealth of experience in compliance, employee relations, and recruitment.

    This saves valuable time for small business owners, mitigates the risk of legal issues and delays in operations, and provides access to the latest industry best practices and trends.

    When it makes sense to outsource HR for small businesses  

    International companies with fewer than 50 employees are considered small businesses, and rarely expand to Europe with an inhouse HR team already in place.

    For US and UK-based small businesses that launch European operations, there’s usually a CFO who oversees broad HR tasks. 

    However, the CFO or other executives managing HR for a small business launch in Europe often lacks the country-specific legal and HR expertise necessary to ensure innovative solutions that reflect the country’s best HR practices and legal compliance.

    It’s important to consider the following when determining whether or not you should outsource your HR:

    • What specific HR services and support does your business require?
    • Do you have anyone on your team who’s well-versed in country-specific employee regulations and labor laws?
    • Will you need management compliance training and support?
    • Will your current employment handbook, policies, and procedures translate to adhere to the needs of employees in different countries?
    • Do you have a small HR department in place that may need help implementing payroll, benefits, training, and development?
    Time is money. Outsourcing HR saves time, letting you focus on what matters.

    What to expect with Europe HR Solutions

    By outsourcing your HR, you may find it’s easier to take care of your daily operations and to strategize and prepare for the launch of your small business in Europe. Europe HR Solutions has supported countless small, mid, and large-sized businesses in their international HR needs.  

    Whether you need our team to manage your HR and implement solutions, or you need us to help guide the HR professionals you have on staff, we can sweat the small stuff to ensure your big picture remains intact. 

    You can expect Europe HR Solutions to do the following:

    Act as your representatives:

    We’ll act as an extension of your small business. This means we will collaborate with you and ensure we’re promoting your vision and standards in any HR matters we handle for you.

    Ad hoc requests:

    We understand that you may have ad hoc requests. We’re used to fast-paced, high pressure situations, and will ensure your needs are met in a timely manner.

    Assist with HR strategies:

    We’re committed to providing HR services that help your business grow and succeed. We’ll make certain that the innovative solutions we offer adhere to your overall business and HR strategies.

    Create and implement policies and procedures:

    We’ll strategize with you to create and implement your company’s policies and procedures and ensure details are in place that will help your employees thrive and create a positive work environment.

    Handle employee contract needs:

    We’ll help to create and manage your employee hiring processes (including talent acquisition, interviews, and onboarding checklists), employee complaint procedures, performance reviews, and off-boarding processes.

    Legal compliance:

    Europe HR Solutions will use our thorough knowledge of the various nuances in employment regulations and labor laws to keep your operations, policies, and procedures within legal compliance. This will help reduce your liability risk should issues with employees arise.

    Manage employee and management training and development: 

    We can cover government-mandated and specific position training programs to support your employees to work with excellence and grow in their positions. This includes compliance training for managers.

    Recruitment: 

    We can utilize the latest in talent acquisition trends and industry best practices to make sure you attract the talent you deserve to fill your staffing needs. We want to help you to build the best team possible to create a positive work culture and  a productive team.

    The cost of outsourced HR services for small businesses

    When to outsource your small business’s HR could be determined by your available budget. The cost of outsourcing your HR may be an upfront expense, but in the long run, it can save you significant money and protect your revenue.

    The services offered by Europe HR Solutions can vary in cost, and are dependent on the extent of service you require. We can determine the cost based on the scope of the project.

    For example, you may need us to manage a specific, well-defined project that allows us to estimate the cost involved. However, you may require our services on a daily basis, for an extended period of time, or find you need support in an immediate HR emergency. This may mean we will need a retainer payment or charge for an hourly rate.

    How to determine your HR outsourcing needs

    Before you decide to outsource your HR, it’s vital to determine what type of services you require. It can be overwhelming to discern your needs, but reflecting on and strategizing about specifics can be beneficial.

    Answering the following questions may help you to understand what services you require:

    • Do you need an outsourced HR professional who takes the time to know and understand your business, staff, and culture?
    • Do you need HR professionals who are available on a daily basis?
    • Are you in dire need of help with critical talent acquisition?
    • Do you require flexibility and a large scope of HR tasks?
    • Are your needs limited to legal compliance and knowledge?
    • Do you need help developing your workplace culture?
    • Do you need to overcome language barriers?
    • What are your long-term HR needs?

    Other benefits of outsourcing your HR

    Once you’ve determined when to outsource HR for your small business, you may find that it allows you to streamline your operations and focus on your overall business strategy.

    This strategic move reduces your administrative burdens of managing payroll, benefits, and other HR tasks in-house. The cost-effectiveness of outsourcing becomes evident as it eliminates the need for investing in HR infrastructure and ongoing training. 

    This newfound flexibility can enable your small business to adapt quickly to market changes and allocate resources more efficiently. Ultimately, an outsourced HR team becomes a strategic partner, and empowers you to prioritize your employees, enhance organizational efficiency, and thrive in the competitive European business landscape.

    Contact Europe HR Solutions

    Europe HR Solutions understands how crucial HR is to the foundation of any successful business. We can consult with you to determine when it’s best to outsource HR for your small business, and customize innovative solutions with you. 

    Your HR needs remain our greatest priority, and we want to support you in ways that promote legal compliance and allow you to see your small business dreams come to fruition. 

    Connect with Europe HR Solutions today for a free consultation and be sure to check out our blog for the latest HR insights, tips, and trends. The road to success for your small business is just an HR step away.

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      Inez Vermeulen

      Inez Vermeulen

      Inez Vermeulen is the Founder and CEO of Europe HR Solutions, with over 25 years of successful corporate and entrepreneurial experience in various global industries. She has helped grow and expand the European divisions of global companies such as Coca-Cola Company, Regus, DHL, American Medical Systems, etc. Inez has received several company awards for her entrepreneurial spirit and success.

      She owns a Bachelor’s degree in French, History and Latin, several HR global expert certifications, a Master’s degree in Metaphysical Sciences, ICF Coach Certification and has completed her Doctorate on Transformational Leadership. Inez is fluent in Dutch, English, French, Italian and German. She works in partnership with an extensive international network of independent & professional companies and resides in Belgium near Brussels with her husband Jan.