By Devon Elston
Huntsville, Ala. – PZI International Consulting, Inc. prides itself on offering unique HR solutions for a multitude of businesses. Founded by Debbie McGee in 2014, PZI specializes in international human resources. The team offers a variety of HR services in the realm of taxation, assignment management, domestic and international relocation, recruitment, international payroll and a myriad of other areas. They also specialize in people development services, providing training programs and coaching to help business leaders and employees improve their communication skills and enhance team effectiveness within an organization.
PZI takes the guesswork out of what HR benefits international companies should be providing to their employees. They focus on all the little details that play a part in acquiring a new employee, while also integrating them into a new city or even a new culture. These details are extremely important, especially when you take a closer look into employee retention rates on a global scale.
“What we’ve really found is that besides the logistics piece of it, if your employee’s not happy, you’ve ended up spending all this money on them and you lose that employee… you then have to go deeper and find out what would have been the key to keeping that employee,” said McGee. “When a person, whether they move from team to team or to another country, when you change where you are, where you’ve been so successful, and you try to take that same mentality to the next place, it might not work with that next team.” PZI aims to fully equip employers as well as employees with all the resources they need to make that transition a smoother one.
With over 25 years of CPA and HR experience, McGee has lived and worked in over 35 different countries. With plans of retiring, she decided to move to Huntsville. As she became involved with organizations such as NAITA and NASHRM, she found herself constantly being asked HR-related questions, thus, PZI was born. With her extensive background, McGee has tapped into a niche human resources market, using her vast knowledge to create a distinctive HR experience for PZI’s international clients. According to McGee, “Everything we do is customized. It’s very different from domestic human resources, where you would have a template of an employment letter, or you set up payroll the exact same way; it’s not like that internationally. Every country is different, every individual is different.” PZI primarily works with close to 15 different countries all around the world, from Latin America to the Middle East in both government and commercial human resources.
On April 13, PZI will hold its first Inclusion & Diversity Symposium at the Huntsville Botanical Garden. There, participants will get the opportunity to explore diversity and inclusion through the lens of three different industries: healthcare, government, and education.
“What we’ve noticed is that companies and businesses have got the diversity aspect of it down, but what we found was missing is that they don’t know how to include all those individuals to make that business work successfully,” said Brian DeMange, one of PZI’s People Development Services Managers.
One of the goals of the Symposium is to get individuals to learn how to communicate and overcome obstacles as a team regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, of cultural differences.
According to McGee, “What we do is all based on people’s energies. It’s not based on your color, it’s not based your gender, your age, it’s based on what energies you bring to the table and how do I connect to your energy.”
Learn more about PZI and the April 13 Symposium at pziconsulting.com.
This article appears in the March edition of Initiatives Online.