Lebanon Recruiting & HiringReading Time: 4 minutes
When you first decide to expand to another country, one of your first thoughts should be about how you’ll hire employees. Hiring is both an essential and a challenging task wherever you are, but it can prove even more difficult when you’re trying to expand to a country with unfamiliar labor laws.
Globalization Partners can save you time and help you find the best employees for your open positions. Our team of global compliance experts will use our Lebanon PEO to recruit and hire employees who work for your company. We’ll also act as the Employer of Record to handle Lebanon employment compliance on your behalf. With our team on your side, you’ll only need to focus on growing your business.
Recruiting in Lebanon
When you’re recruiting in an unfamiliar country, it’s crucial to take some time to learn about the local culture and business etiquette. A gesture or action that might seem normal to you could be out of the ordinary for a prospective employee in Lebanon. First impressions are important when you’re staffing overseas, and a misunderstanding during your initial meeting with a candidate could stand in the way of a lasting connection.
1. Treat Business Cards With Respect
There are a few important things to keep in mind when you exchange business cards with a potential hire in Lebanon:
- You should give and receive cards with your right hand, as many people in Lebanon consider the left hand to be unclean.
- Avoid writing on a candidate’s business card.
- When you receive a card, take a moment to study it carefully. Instead of putting it away immediately, you should place the card on the table in front of you.
- Place prospective employees’ business cards in a card case if you have one. Avoid putting cards in your back pocket.
When you handle business cards with care, you’re demonstrating respect for the candidates. These gestures can make all the difference in an interview.
2. Take Time to Build Personal Relationships
If you’re planning to start your company’s operations in Lebanon on a specific timeline, you might be tempted to rush the recruitment process. However, it’s important to take some time to get to know your potential employees on a personal level. In general, individuals in Lebanon prefer to work with people they know and like. Trust is a key component of doing business in this country.
Don’t be surprised if your Lebanese candidates ask you questions that seem a bit personal, especially during initial meetings when they’re getting to know you. It’s a good idea to ask similar questions in return, but be sure to follow the candidate’s lead.
3. Don’t Put Too Much Emphasis on Punctuality
In Lebanon, time management isn’t as much of a priority as it is in the United States or some other countries where you might be used to working. While you should try to get to meetings and interviews on time, potential hires will probably be forgiving if you’re a few minutes late. You should be flexible with candidates who arrive a bit late as well.
A Look at the Recruitment Process in Lebanon
While the recruitment process can vary from one country to another, the first step is usually the same. Your company needs to find a way to connect with talented candidates.
When you’re staffing and recruiting in Lebanon, you have a few different options when it comes to sourcing talent:
- Your company can navigate the recruitment process in-house. If you choose to use this method, you’ll need to know the most popular recruitment channels in the area. You might start by advertising your open jobs in local newspapers or posting them online. Recruiting in-house might be a challenge if your company doesn’t have many connections in Lebanon, so this method may take a while.
- You can hire a local recruitment agency. International companies often partner with hiring agencies in Lebanon and other countries where they don’t have an established presence yet. However, it’s important to keep in mind that the compliance risks will ultimately be your responsibility, not that of the agency.
- You can partner with a global PEO. Your company can save time and money when you’re staffing in Lebanon by working with a global Employer of Record that offers recruiting services. And since they’ll be hiring your new team members through their existing Lebanese business entity, you won’t have to worry about compliance.
How to Hire Lebanon Employees
Learning how to hire Lebanon employees will help you succeed in meeting Lebanon employment compliance laws. It’s also important to understand the culture so that you can connect with employees and recruit successfully. About 40% of Lebanese individuals are considered francophone, with another 15% identifying as partial francophone. The majority of Lebanon’s schools teach French as a second language, while only 30% teach English as a second language. This setup demonstrates France’s continued historic ties to Lebanon, and you may need to learn French to communicate successfully with job candidates.
Lebanon’s Employment Compliance Laws
One of Lebanon’s most important employment compliance laws is that you must have an employment contract. You need an oral or written contract in Arabic to hire Lebanon employees. While you can include any terms in the contract, we recommend spelling out compensation, benefits, termination terms, working hours, and similar factors. Offer letters and employment contracts also need to use Lebanese pounds for all monetary amounts.
After hiring a new employee, you need to register them with the Ministry of Finance and social security within 15 days of their start date. Fill out the R3, R3-1, and R4 registration forms, and include a copy of the employee’s ID along with their name, gender, date of birth, marital status, number of children, and other requirements to stay compliant.
Best Ways to Onboard Employees
Onboarding employees will allow you to start the relationship on the right foot. If you have a small subsidiary, you can travel to Lebanon to personally welcome new employees and introduce them to each other. You can also create an intimate training process where you or another manager helps the employee every step of the way in their new position. Make sure you have employees sign their employment contract during their first day of work so that you can create a clear agreement and avoid any costly litigation.
Benefits of Lebanon Hiring Outsourcing With a Global PEO
Hiring can become a significant drain on your resources and time. Plus, you can end up facing fines or delays if you don’t know every aspect of Lebanon’s employment compliance laws. Instead, work with Globalization Partners to create a strong hiring process from the beginning. We’ll hire your employees through our existing subsidiary, then assign those employees to work for you through Lebanon hiring outsourcing. Every employee will have a positive hiring experience, and they can start working for you immediately.
Contact Globalization Partners Today to Learn More
There’s no reason to wait if you’re planning a Lebanon expansion. Contact Globalization Partners today for more information about Lebanon hiring outsourcing.