Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. HR takes on global role – from homeOn 26 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. HR people are keen to take on the challenges of globalisation, with eightout of 10 in a survey saying they would like to take on an international rolein the future. Survey results out this week from Personnel Today and careerconsultancy Penna Sanders & Sidney show that almost all respondents believethat the number of HR jobs with an international dimension is set to increase. This enthusiasm to take on a global role does not mean that HR people areanxious to up sticks and take up expatriate positions abroad, however. There isa clue as to why this might be: one in three of those surveyed felt thatworking abroad could mean they were overlooked for promotion back at home. Thisis despite the fact that they thought international jobs tended to be morestrategic than positions at home. The preference is to have a job based in the UK that involves travel inother countries, despite the fact that the respondents acknowledge travellingis stressful, particularly for those with families. Another issue the survey highlighted is that most UK HR people are not assufficiently equipped to compete for international jobs as their internationalcounterparts. Many of them receive no support at all from their company. So what is the appeal of an international role to HR people? Well, certainlynot the glamour of joining the jet set. The vast majority say they want aglobal role because they welcome the greater challenge it presents. It is greatly encouraging that HR professionals recognise and embracegrowing internationalisation. But HR must play its part in making sure thattheir colleagues in the HR function get the development and support they needto take on global challenges.