Malawi Recruiting and HiringReading Time: 4 minutes
Your company’s most important assets are your employees. Recruiting andhiring individuals with top talent and education will help you be more productive and take more tasks off your plate. But do you have the time to recruit the right people while you’re also trying to run your parent company, handle payroll, and provide compensation and benefits?
Globalization Partners will save you time in the hiring process through Malawi hiring outsourcing. Instead of waiting to set up your subsidiary before you hire, you can use our Malawi PEO to work immediately. Then, we’ll hire employees who work for you by recruiting top candidates or onboarding individuals you’ve already chosen. Your only job will be running your company as we take care of the rest.
Recruiting in Malawi
Before you start staffing and recruiting in Malawi, you need to understand the culture. Respecting and demonstrating the proper business etiquette can attract local talent and show your business partners in the country that you’re committed to operating in the long term. Here are three actions you can take to stand out during the recruiting process.
1. Wear the Right Attire
Malawi has three regions — the North, Central, and Southern areas. People in the North tend to be more skilled in business and more educated than people from the Central or Southern regions. They also distrust individuals from the other two-thirds of the country. One way you can tell people from different regions apart is by the colors they’re wearing. People in the North often wear red while people in the Central and Southern regions wear blue and green, respectively. Consider where your candidates live and how they will dress to determine what color you should wear during an interview.
2. Use an Indirect Communication Style
Someone who is too direct will often be seen as rude, so it’s important to soften your language and speak indirectly. Malawi’s culture prioritizes harmony and sensitivity toward people, which is often displayed through politeness and humbleness. People don’t like to seem arrogant or disappointing, which can lead to over-explaining things. It may help to ask a question several times in different ways to get all the facts from potential candidates before you officially offer them a job.
3. Give Everyone an Energetic Handshake
Greetings are a lengthy and important part of the business culture. Almost all verbal greetings come with a vigorous handshake with the right hand while gripping someone’s forearm with the left. Men should wait for a woman to extend her hand first or bow or nod instead. Avoid making eye contact for too long with anyone you’re greeting and make sure you use the right title to show respect.
The Recruitment Process in Malawi
Today, Malawi has greater political stability, which has helped develop its economy. When staffing your business, you have two options — hire locals or nonresidents. You can follow similar advertising processes to gather a large volume of applications.
Many companies post jobs online on both their websites and third-party job hosting sites such as Careers in Africa, Go Abroad, Glassdoor, and MyJobo. You can also advertise jobs through LinkedIn, especially if you’re looking to hire a workforce from abroad. Make sure you have human resources professionals in place to answer calls and emails as well as file applications.
Recruiting Laws to Follow
Your company must follow the right employment compliance laws when recruiting in Malawi. If you don’t, you could face hefty fines or delays. For example, no person should be required to perform forced labor. Any employer found guilty of this is liable for a fine up to K 10,000 or two years in prison. You will also face the same punishments if you perform any discriminatory hiring practices.
No one under the age of 14 can work in any sector, including public or private institutions, the agricultural industry, or industrial or nonindustrial branches. A child between 14 and 18 also cannot work in any occupation or activity that will harm their health, safety, education, morals, or development. The work cannot impact the child’s attendance at school or any vocational or training program.
How to Hire Malawi Employees
You must have an employment contract to hire Malawi employees. While the contract can be oral or written, we recommend a strong written contract in Chichewa. You can ultimately decide what terms to put in an employment contract, but it’s best practice to include compensation, benefits, termination requirements, working hours, and similar factors. All offer letters and employment contracts should use Malawian kwacha for any compensation or salary amounts.
Malawi Employment Compliance Laws to Follow
Malawi’s Employment Act is robust and includes numerous laws related to employment relationships. For example, anti-discrimination laws prevent employers from discriminating against an employee or prospective employee because of race, color, sex, language, or religion. Similarly, Malawi has an employment compliance law related to equal pay. Employers must pay employees the same amount for work of equal value without any discrimination based on race, color, sex, language, political opinions, or related factors.
Learning the Onboarding Process
Once you know how to hire Malawi employees, you need to focus on onboarding them. A positive onboarding experience will start each employee’s experience with your company on the right note and can even dictate their future success. We recommend reviewing all critical documents during an employee’s first day, such as the employment contract. Having them sign the contract will ensure that you both agree to the terms.
It’s also a good idea to provide training related to the employee’s position. Whether it’s through your company or through a third party, a robust training program will prepare employees for all the challenges of their position and also help them learn more about your business.
Benefits of Malawi Hiring Outsourcing With Globalization Partners
One of the biggest benefits of Malawi hiring outsourcing with a global PEO is time. If you decide to establish your own subsidiary, you could spend months simply learning the country’s laws, which can delay your plan to hire employees by months or even a year. Outsourcing with Globalization Partners will mean your employees have a positive hiring experience and can start working for your company immediately. As the Employer of Record, we’ll make sure you can count on us to handle all Malawi employment compliance as well.
Contact Us for More Information Today
If you’re ready to expand to Malawi with the help of a global PEO, you can count on Globalization Partners. Contact us today to learn more about Malawi hiring outsourcing.