Maximizing the Potential of Today’s Global Workforce
The globalization of work has emerged as both a challenge and an opportunity for organizations and human resource professionals around the world. More and more, companies operate across national borders, leading to a steady increase in the number of internationally mobile employees. Improving our knowledge of global workforce management and employee mobility could help Canadian organizations compete in today’s global marketplace. Dr. Mila Lazarova, Canada Research Chair in Global Workforce Management, is focusing on strategic workforce management issues in a global context. She and her research team are concentrating on three areas: individual experiences of global mobility; managing mobility and careers in multinational organizations; and maximising the benefits of multiculturalism in the Canadian workplace.
Lazarova’s findings will benefit both organizations and employees, as mobility affects personal well-being, skill development, knowledge accumulation and transfer, network development, and organizational competitiveness. Her findings could help individuals manage the challenges of global work and maximize the opportunities. They could also provide organizations with new information on how to design and implement career development initiatives across borders.
By examining the individual, organizational and societal factors that impact acculturation and the workplace integration of newcomers to Canada, Lazarova’s research will provide organizations and government decision-makers with critical information to help them take advantage of an increasingly diverse Canadian workforce.