For a human resources department, sometimes dealing with benefits just on the U.S. side can be complicated enough.

With the new health care laws and struggles with retirement, there is plenty to deal with in the states, but for many companies, benefits don't stop at the U.S. border, which is making it increasingly important to develop a strategic alignment between benefits programs in all countries, says Lenny Sanicola, senior benefits practice leader for WorldatWork.

"As more and more organizations become global, there is an organizational desire to develop a common framework without necessarily a one-size-fits-all plan," Sanicola says. "There is a desire to better facilitate a global mindset and reinforce desired messages, such as organizational vision, mission, values, etc., through benefits and other total rewards programs across world regions."

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