As you get ready to recruit and hire Israeli employees, you’ll have to focus on multiple employment compliance factors. For example, you need to make sure employees work the right number of hours, meet all requirements during the onboarding process, and have a positive hiring experience.
Globalization Partners can check all of Israel’s employment compliance boxes on your behalf. We’re the global expansion experts, and we have subsidiaries around the world that we can use to help you start working faster. When you choose to partner with us, we’ll make sure you can hire employees faster without the stress associated with compliance regulations.
Recruiting in Israel
Cultural differences can prevent a significant challenge when you’re staffing in Israel or any other unfamiliar country. You and your prospective employees may be coming from different backgrounds with contrasting attitudes and expectations. Taking some time to familiarize yourself with Israeli culture and workplace etiquette can go a long way toward ensuring that the recruitment process is as smooth as possible for you and your new team members.
Consider the following tips as you start scheduling meetings and interviews with candidates in Israel.
1. Be Mindful of Religion
While religion shouldn’t be a factor in your company’s hiring decisions, it does play an important role in Israeli culture. As a result, you should be mindful of religious considerations during the recruitment process. The majority of Israel’s population is Jewish, while another small portion of the country is Muslim. Followers of both religions avoid pork, so you shouldn’t serve any dishes featuring this meat if you plan to share a meal with candidates or new employees. You should also avoid giving gifts made of leather.
2. Make Direct Eye Contact
In some countries, direct eye contact can come across as overly aggressive. That’s not the case in Israel, where maintaining direct eye contact is generally seen as a sign of respect and interest in what the other person is saying. You should make eye contact throughout meetings and interviews with potential hires, especially during initial introductions.
3. Keep Your Beliefs to Yourself
It’s rarely a good idea to discuss religion or politics in a business setting, but this rule of thumb is especially true in Israel. The country has a diverse population, and politics are often contentious. When you’re getting to know a candidate, try to keep your opinions on these matters to yourself. It’s best not to make any generalizations or assumptions when you’re working in Israel.
A Look at the Recruitment Process in Israel
Learning about Israeli business etiquette can help you prevent cultural misunderstandings with potential hires, but you should also spend some time considering the logistics of the recruitment process. Do you know the most effective channels for sourcing talent in Israel? Are you familiar with the laws you’ll need to follow to keep your company compliant? If not, Globalization Partners can help.
In Israel, personal connections are an important aspect of business. Many companies source talent by meeting candidates at conventions or networking events in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem. If your company is just entering the market, you might find networking to be a challenge. For this reason, many international companies choose to partner with a global PEO that already has contacts and an established presence in-country.
Legal Requirements for Staffing and Recruiting in Israel
You should also be aware of the laws regarding the recruitment process in Israel. The Employment Law of 1988 forbids employers from discriminating against employees and job applicants based on a wide range of characteristics, including:
- Sexual orientation
- Fertility treatment
- Country of origin
- Political view
- Reservist duty
Fortunately, you can take a few steps to make sure your company stays compliant with these laws. First, avoid listing protected characteristics in job postings. For example, mentioning a “young and dynamic team” could be interpreted as age-based discrimination. The only time you should refer to one of these traits is if it is an inherent requirement for the job. You should also be mindful of the language you use and the questions you ask during conversations with potential hires.
How to Hire Israeli Employees
Learning how to hire Israeli employees effectively starts with understanding the country’s culture. Israelis are typically friendly and cordial, but they’re also direct and assertive in business. Companies in Israel usually have a flat hierarchy and informal relations. Employees often collaborate and work in a fast-paced environment. Meetings frequently start about 20 minutes late, and they can get interrupted by phone calls, people walking in, and more.
Although it’s not required by law, we recommend drafting a written employment contract in the employee’s local language and including compensation amounts in Israeli shekel. Contracts should outline everything from working hours to benefits and even termination requirements.
Israel’s Employment Compliance Laws
Many employers try to add confidentiality, intellectual property, and non-competition clauses to their employment contracts, but there are some Israel employment compliance laws to follow. These types of restrictive provisions are valid only if they protect your legitimate interests or trade secrets. Many times, these restrictions aren’t enforced, so you should consider whether they will hold up for your company before adding them.
Israel’s standard workweek is Sunday through Thursday, but non-Jewish employees may choose Friday, Saturday, or Sunday as a weekly holiday. Jewish employees cannot work on Saturday unless the employer is open and has a special permit. Overall, employees cannot work more than 43 hours a week over five or six days.
Onboarding Employees in Israel
You can onboard employees any way that makes sense for your company, but we recommend taking certain steps to help employees succeed. Start by reviewing the employment contract with the employee on their first day. Then, you can have them go through job training to make sure they’re comfortable with their position. If you’re pressed for time, try onboarding multiple employees at one time and creating events that allow employees to bond.
The Benefit of Israel Hiring Outsourcing
Israel hiring outsourcing with Globalization Partners means we will take care of hiring your employees and managing your Israel employment compliance. We’ll either onboard your preferred candidates using our existing subsidiary or source the best talent and hire them to work for your company. Globalization Partners will act as the Employer of Record, so we’ll be responsible for compliance instead of you.
Work With Globalization Partners
If you want to find an easier way to expand to Israel, we can make it happen. Contact us today for more information about Israel hiring outsourcing.