Mongolia Recruiting & HiringReading Time: 4 minutes
Hiring is a tricky process in any country, but it can be even more difficult in a foreign country where you’re not sure what employment compliance laws you have to follow. It’s also hard to focus on finding the right talent when you’re also trying to run your company, establish your payroll, and source benefits.
Globalization Partners can make your hiring process more productive from the start with Mongolia hiring outsourcing. We can recruit top candidates for your open positions or onboard the candidates you prefer using our established subsidiary. As a result, you can feel confident that your employees will have a positive hiring experience, and you won’t have to worry about Mongolia employment compliance laws.
Recruiting in Mongolia
Before you start setting up interviews and meetings with candidates in Mongolia, you’ll need to familiarize yourself with the country’s workplace culture and business etiquette. Understanding that your prospective employees have a different background, work ethic, and attitude than you will help you avoid miscommunication. If you approach the process of staffing in Mongolia with an open mind, you’ll have a better chance of building lasting connections with employees who will stay with your company as it grows.
The following guidelines might be helpful as you start the recruitment process overseas.
1. Relax About Punctuality
In Mongolia, people don’t tend to place much value on time management. Running into a family member or acquaintance on the way to a meeting is considered a valid reason for being late. Buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation often run behind schedule as well.
If a candidate knows that you’re from the United States, Japan, or another country where time management is a priority, they will most likely make more of an effort to be on time for meetings. Still, you could miss out on a great employee if you write them off just for being late to an interview. It’s best to have a relaxed attitude toward punctuality when you’re staffing in Mongolia.
2. Greet Candidates Formally
In business settings, Mongolians typically greet one another with a firm handshake and direct eye contact. You should also plan on exchanging business cards during your initial meeting with a candidate in the country. Generally, Mongolians won’t expect you to bow or present your business card with both hands like people do in some other northern Asia countries. That said, you should avoid giving or receiving a business card with your left hand.
3. Remember That Relationships Are Critical
Mongolians prefer to do business with family members and friends, so it’s essential to build a relationship during the recruitment process. Take the time to get to know a candidate before jumping into business, especially during initial meetings. Don’t pressure a candidate to accept a job offer or make any other important decisions before they are ready to do so.
A Look at the Recruitment Process in Mongolia
Understanding Mongolian culture is essential when you’re interacting with candidates, but you should also take some time to familiarize yourself with the more technical aspects of the recruitment process. You’ll want to make sure you’re utilizing the best recruitment channels in Mongolia and following all of the country’s laws for staffing and recruiting.
You’ll probably build your international team with a combination of trusted employees from your parent company and new hires overseas. When it comes to sourcing talent in Mongolia, you can take on the recruitment process in-house by advertising your open positions online and in local newspapers. Alternatively, you can partner with a recruiting agency or global PEO. Working with a PEO that will hire your employees through their subsidiary is the only option that will take the compliance risks off of your shoulders.
Legal Requirements for Staffing and Recruiting in Mongolia
It’s crucial to avoid discriminatory practices when you’re staffing in Mongolia. Mongolian law protects employees and job candidates from discrimination based on the following characteristics:
- Social origin or status
- Point of view
As the employer, it’s up to you to abide by these legal requirements during the recruitment process and beyond. To stay compliant, you should refrain from making any direct inquiries about these protected traits when you’re interviewing or having conversations with prospective employees. While some of these characteristics may come up as you’re getting to know a candidate, make sure they have no bearing on hiring decisions.
How to Hire Mongolian Employees
Employers have to follow statutory requirements and procedures when hiring Mongolian employees. First, you need to register your new employee and include different documents and information, such as an employment contract, passport, ID card, residency information for expat employees, and account information for payroll.
If you decide to recruit and hire your own candidates, remember that Mongolia’s Labor Law prohibits discrimination, limitation or privilege based on nationality, wealth, religion, race, sex, and more. The country also has a prohibition on asking questions about an employee’s private life, marital status, party membership, religious beliefs, and more if the questions aren’t relevant to employment.
Mongolia’s Employment Compliance Laws
You must hire all employees in Mongolia using an employment contract, either fixed-term or indefinite, per Mongolia’s employment compliance laws. Fixed-term contracts can range up to five years and must be written. Indefinite term contracts also need to be written in the local language and include everything from compensation to benefits to termination requirements. All salary and compensation amounts need to be in Mongolian tugriks.
How to Onboard Employees
Onboarding is largely left up to companies, so you can create a process that’s best for your employees and business goals. It can help to start by reviewing the employment contract with your employees on their first day or week to make sure there isn’t any confusion or misunderstandings regarding the terms of employment. You can also take that time to go over other important company documents whether it’s a code of conduct, a sheet on your company culture, and more.
We also recommend providing job training that will help new hires excel in their positions. You can save time by onboarding several Mongolian employees you hire at one time. They can all go through the job training together, and you can help foster a sense of camaraderie among staff members.
The Benefit of Mongolia Hiring Outsourcing With Globalization Partners
The biggest benefit of working with us is that we can outsource your hiring process and the worry of compliance requirements. We’ll make sure your employees can be productive from day one and meet all of Mongolia’s employment compliance laws. You won’t have to worry about anything other than running your company.
Work With Us Today
The team at Globalization Partners is ready to help you make the most of your Mongolia expansion. Contact us today to learn more about Mongolia hiring outsourcing.