Gabon Recruiting & HiringReading Time: 4 minutes
Every company that has ever hired a new employee knows it can be time-consuming to find the right candidates. Hiring is even more difficult in a foreign country where you have to navigate a new set of employment compliance laws, run multiple company locations, and set up a subsidiary.
That’s why Globalization Partners makes it easier for businesses to expand to new places through our suite of global expansion services. We offer Gabon hiring outsourcing to either find the right talent for your positions or onboard your preferred candidates. We’ll use our Gabon PEO so that you don’t have to spend months setting up your own Gabon subsidiary. Plus, we’ll manage the risk of compliance as the Employer of Record, which means you can focus solely on running your company.
Recruiting in Gabon
Expanding your company in Gabon should be an exciting time, but the process can also be stressful if you’re unfamiliar with the workplace culture and business etiquette overseas. Establishing a good connection with your new hires is important if you want them to stay with your company as it grows.
In addition to navigating possible language barriers during meetings and interviews, you’ll have to remember that your prospective employees probably have different expectations, attitudes, and communication styles than you’re used to. That’s why it’s so critical to spend some time learning about Gabon’s culture before you begin the recruitment process. As you start scheduling meetings and interviews with potential hires, keep the following guidelines in mind.
1. Start Meetings and Interviews With Small Talk
In Gabon, people don’t usually launch into business right at the start of a meeting. Instead, you should take a few minutes to make casual conversation with prospective employees. It’s best to ask a few polite questions about one’s health and their family at the start of a conversation. If you skip the small talk, you run the risk of coming across as brash or uncaring.
2. Greet Candidates With a Handshake
The etiquette surrounding greetings in Gabon is not significantly different than what you might expect in Europe. In professional situations, a handshake is the best form of greeting for men as well as women. Women who know each other well might follow the French custom of greeting one another with two kisses on the cheek, but this will probably not be the case in a business setting.
3. Expect Direct Communication
In general, the people of Gabon are very straightforward when it comes to communication. People who are unfamiliar with Gabonese culture might be taken aback by the bluntness of the language they use, but you shouldn’t write a candidate off over it. You should expect honest, direct communication during meetings and interviews and offer the same in return.
4. Adjust Your Schedule to the Typical Working Hours
If you’re used to working in Western countries, you might be surprised by the business hours in Gabon. Most local businesses operate from around 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Be mindful of these hours when you’re scheduling meetings and interviews.
A Look at the Recruitment Process in Gabon
An understanding of Gabon’s cultural nuances will help you through the interpersonal side of the recruitment process. But what about the logistics of staffing in Gabon? You’ll also want to spend some time learning about the country’s most effective recruitment channels and the laws you’ll need to follow to keep your company compliant.
Sourcing local talent is the first step in the recruitment process. You can start by posting on job boards and advertising your company’s open positions in Gabonese newspapers.
It can take a few weeks or even months to find qualified candidates, especially if your business doesn’t have an established presence in Gabon yet. That’s why many companies choose to outsource the staffing process through a recruitment agency or a global PEO. If you work with a traditional agency, remember that the compliance risks will ultimately still fall on your company’s shoulders.
Legal Requirements for Staffing and Recruiting in Gabon
As an employer, it’s important to make sure your company complies with all of the local laws for staffing in Gabon. The Gabonese constitution states that all citizens have the right to obtain employment and that employers cannot discriminate against them based on their:
While Gabon’s laws against discriminatory practices may not be as extensive as the legislation in some other countries, compliance is still essential. Failure to follow these regulations could result in costly operational delays for your company.
How to Hire Employees in Gabon
Gabon has a diverse population that speaks many different languages, including French and Fang. If you don’t have employees who speak these languages, we recommend hiring an interpreter who can work with you to hire the best candidates. You can also hire Gabon employees under a probationary period no longer than six months for clerical staff and no longer than three months for office staff, technicians, and supervisors. All other employees can have a maximum of one month as a probationary period.
Gabon Employment Compliance Laws
Gabon’s employment compliance laws require you to create either a verbal or written employment contract that’s fixed or indefinite. You can use fixed-term contracts for up to two years, and you can also renew them once. All employment contracts should include compensation, benefits, termination terms, and more. Plus, compensation and salary amounts should always be in Central African CFA francs instead of another currency.
How Should You Onboard Employees?
You don’t have to onboard employees using one specific method, but you can take certain steps to make them more comfortable in their new environment, including:
- Providing job training tailored to each position.
- Reviewing important documents such as the employment contract, code of conduct, and similar information.
- Onboarding multiple employees at the same time to allow new individuals to meet one another and bond.
- Traveling to Gabon for an employee’s first day with the company.
The Benefit of Gabon Hiring Outsourcing
Some companies don’t have the time to learn how to hire employees in Gabon or the expertise to deal with Gabon employment compliance laws. Globalization Partners will work hard to make your expansion easier with Gabon hiring outsourcing. As a result, you can benefit from obtaining the best talent as we source the perfect candidates for your position. All employees will have a positive hiring experience and can start being productive for your company from day one.
You won’t have to waste months establishing your own subsidiary either, as you can use our existing Gabon PEO.
Globalization Partners Can Make Your Expansion Easier
You can trust the team at Globalization Partners to help you expand to Gabon without additional hassles. Contact us today to learn more about Gabon hiring outsourcing.