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After running your business for years, you know how important it is to have the right employees on your team. You need to recruit and hire Benin employees you can trust to build your company, but you also need to stay compliant throughout the hiring process. It can prove difficult to find the time to hire and learn Benin’s employment compliance laws when you’re also trying to handle a global expansion.
Globalization Partners makes it easy to expand to new countries through our suite of global expansion services. We offer Benin hiring outsourcing services to companies that need to recruit new employees or require an easy way to onboard their preferred candidates. We’ll also act as the Employer of Record, so all compliance will fall on our shoulders instead of yours.
Recruiting in Benin
As a smaller West African country, it can be difficult to find talented employees in a small market. You need to gain any advantage that can make you stand out, including understanding the country’s cultural nuances. When you follow the proper business etiquette, you show employees that you care about their history and customs and may attract top candidates in the process.
Below are three things you should understand before staffing and recruiting in Benin.
1. Greet People Properly
Whenever you enter or leave an appointment, you should shake the hand of each person there. If you know someone well, you can greet each other by kissing on the cheek. Typically, members of the opposite sex do not engage in public displays of affection, but you may see men walking together and holding hands.
Hospitality is important, so expect people to offer you food and drinks. Don’t refuse, as this is considered rude. Many people traditionally eat using the fingers of their right hand, and it’s considered poor taste to eat or offer someone something with your left hand.
2. Wear Formal Clothes
Even in high temperatures, workers will wear formal clothes to the office. However, you can dress less formally when working outside of an office or in the field. Men will typically wear pants and a shirt or a suit. Women may dress like others in Western countries or wear more traditional and local outfits. It may be a good idea to set a consistent dress code for individuals in the office so they know what to expect.
3. Don’t Expect People to Arrive on Time
While it’s polite to be on time for business meetings and appointments, usually people run late. You can even expect people to arrive an hour after the set time for a scheduled dinner. We recommend always being on time for interviews with employees, but expect that they could be late.
The Recruitment Process in Benin
The recruiting process often depends on whether you want to hire individuals in the country or expats. Although Benin is primarily a French-speaking nation, people speak local languages, which can make communication a challenge. Always ask someone about their preferred language before interviewing them so you can have a translator available.
If you want to advertise to local French speakers, the best places are local and national newspapers such as “L’Autre Quotidien” and “La Nation.” Job sites including Career Jet, Overseas Jobs, Go Abroad, and LinkedIn are great places to find expats looking for jobs. Other international job sites, such as Glassdoor, are also good places to advertise if you have the people available to review numerous applications.
Whenever you hire a nonresident, they will need to have a valid work permit that they apply for at their local embassy or consulate before moving to the country. Every nation has different application requirements, so it’s best to contact a local embassy for more information.
Following the Right Laws and Regulations
Staffing your Benin business means following the right laws while recruiting and after hiring employees. This includes prohibiting discrimination and ensuring employees meet all the applicable federal laws.
In 2006, the country adopted the Act on the Suppression of Sexual Harassment and Protection of Victims. Anyone found guilty faces imprisonment from one to two years or a hefty fine. Any accomplices will have the same sentence. You should enforce all laws related to sexual harassment so you can stay compliant and keep employees safe.
How to Hire Employees in Benin
Although Benin does not require an employment contract to hire employees, we recommend using one for new hires. Fixed-term contracts are allowed for up to 48 months, and they should be oral or in writing. All employment contracts should be in the local language and include information about benefits, compensation, termination and entitlement terms, working hours, and more. In addition, all offer letters and employment contracts should include salary and compensation amounts in West African CFA francs instead of any other currency.
Existing Benin Employment Compliance Laws
Benin’s employment compliance laws cover typical working hours, which are Monday through Friday from 8–12:30 p.m. and 3:30–7 p.m. and Saturday from 9–1 p.m. Usually, employees work 40 hours a week and shouldn’t exceed 56 a week. Workers can work a maximum of 240 hours of overtime each year but should get 112% of their normal hourly rate for hours 41–48 during the week. Hours beyond the 48th a week should get paid at 135% of an employee’s normal hourly rate.
Best Ways to Onboard Employees
When you’re ready to onboard your new employees, you need to make sure your process matches both your company’s culture and the employee’s specific position. Since employment contracts lay out all the specifics of the agreement between you and the employee, we recommend reviewing that contract during the employee’s first day. You should also create a training program that will prepare employees for their positions and their future with your company. If you have a small subsidiary, you can even onboard several employees at once to save time.
Benefits of Choosing Benin Hiring Outsourcing
Many companies don’t have the time to hire Benin employees on top of running the parent company and a new global location. That’s why Globalization Partners offers Benin hiring outsourcing services. We’ll hire your candidates as if they were a part of our team, but assign them to work for you. They’ll have a positive hiring experience, and you won’t have to worry about Benin employment compliance. As the Employer of Record, we’ll take on the stress of compliance.
Choose the Globalization Partners Team Today
The team at Globalization Partners envisions a world where every company can expand without a huge expense or time commitment. Contact us today to learn more about Benin hiring outsourcing.