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“We streamline international onboarding, and human resource management across over 160 countries” – Carsten Lebtig, Co-Founder


Behind every successful business is a solid human resources department. Companies can expand rapidly, especially if they are well managed and provide outstanding services or goods. Once a business surpasses a particular point in both size and profit margin, human resources or HR consulting services immediately seem like an attractive choice. Although hiring HR consulting services can vary from company to company, such services have quantifiable advantages.

If you’ve decided to work with an outsourced HR provider to help ease your burden and keep you in compliance, it’s essential to find the right partner. Since each HR provider is a little different, you’ll want to spend some time evaluating their unique offerings so you can select the best fit for your company.

One of the best HR solutions firms to work with is WorkMotion. WorkMotion is a global HR platform enabling companies to onboard their employees internationally at the push of a button. It is their mission to create opportunities for anyone to work from anywhere. WorkMotion has streamlined international hiring, onboarding, and human resource management across 160+ countries.

Let us talk to Carsten Lebtig, the Co-Founder, Managing Director of WorkMotion.

Q. What was the motivation behind starting WorkMotion? How has the journey been for you as the CEO of the company?

WorkMotion was founded by Felix Steffens, Karim Zaghloul, and me in July 2020 to address the pandemic-induced challenge of supporting the global workforce to work from home.

Our technology provides onboarding and compliance tools for employers to hire the best talents for the best roles worldwide. Our clients can easily onboard international talent from over 160 countries in a way that is compliant with each country’s specific employment laws.

As an entrepreneur, I am always looking for ways to solve the challenges we face in today’s fast-paced world. When the pandemic reinvented how we work, Felix, Karim, and I seized the opportunity to ensure companies could adapt to this change in a way that future-proofed their businesses and supported the needs of their increasingly internationally-dispersed employees. It’s been a rewarding and sometimes challenging journey, but we are excited to embark on the next stage of the process.

Q. What makes WorkMotion relevant in today’s times? Could you give us some context?

Remote working’s longevity beyond those initial months of lockdown is a testament to how popular being able to work from anywhere is for the modern worker; whether at home to help with childcare or abroad to experience new cultures.

A 2022 study by Randstad found that 41% of Millennials and 40% of Gen Z workers would decline a job unless it provided workplace flexibility. Combine this with the global competition for talent amidst the Great Resignation, and solutions that enable flexible working are not just good for future-proofing but also deeply desired.

Indeed, employees now have more agency than ever before, and organisations are shaping a new world of work. In these exciting times, digitising time-consuming onboarding processes enables companies to quickly and compliantly expand teams internationally without being hindered by national employment laws.

Q. How is WorkMotion challenging the status quo?

Firstly, by opening up avenues for companies to hire employees from a global talent pool, we are redefining how companies deploy talent. For instance, providing opportunities to talent in countries that are often considered too complicated to hire from, or bringing in a diverse set of skills to broaden any business’ knowledge, capabilities and strategy.

Secondly, we are helping to reshape the world of work to better accommodate new ways of working. By making it possible for companies to hire and retain talent globally, we are challenging the laws to be amended to better suit today’s digital, remote workers, including how remote and temporary workers abroad are taxed and paid.

Q. What does innovation mean to WorkMotion?

Our innovation begins by removing the barriers of locality within a strategic hiring process, and our sights are set on changing how the entire globe hires its employees.

We do this with in-house expertise and technology; developing a product designed to simplify the complex. We have created “The Global Talent Operating System,” a platform that helps businesses manage and recruit talent worldwide. Our fully-compliant employment solutions and workflows help employers navigate the complexities of remote work, looking at everything from mobility and payments to benefits and temporary work.

We also build specific workflows on a country level depending on where clients are looking to hire, so we are always aware of the latest country labour rules and regulations. We can offer knowledge to help HR make correct and compliant-friendly offers.

We are always looking for ways to expand our capabilities and services. Our contract generation engine, country-specific salary recommendation tool, and integrations with Personio and BambooHR are just some of our innovations, but there are always more in the pipeline!

Q. How are you helping companies tap into the talent that’s available internationally?

One of the most daunting challenges for hiring globally is adhering to each country’s employment laws and regulations. For example, if a Paris-based company is looking for the best engineers to staff a new team, they would likely find those engineers across multiple countries - but they may find it challenging to navigate the employment regulations needed to employ people outside of France.

Compliance and trust are therefore essential components of what we do. We aim to ensure our clients trust they are hiring employees legally and according to local legislation. For instance, if a German company is looking to hire someone from France, we can advise them that since August 30, 2021, in certain professions, employees in France must present a health pass to enter their place of work, or that “Keyloggers,” which allow remote recording of all actions performed on a computer, are considered illegal

Q. What does the road ahead look like for WorkMotion? Do you have anything new coming up?

Considering our hypergrowth, there is always something coming up at WorkMotion! We are innovators at heart and keep up with trends as quickly as they spring to life. While we can’t reveal any specifics right now, we’ll be sure to share all our exciting developments as they come!

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Carsten Lebtig is WorkMotion’s Co-founder, CEO, and Growth Managing Director. He started his career at McKinsey before becoming a successful entrepreneur and investor. In 2011, he started, Europe’s leading platform for finding and hiring remote software testers. He later established and worked as General Manager at UBER before founding WorkMotion with Felix and Karim in 2020.


Felix Steffens is WorkMotion’s co-founder and Director of Operations. He studied at LSE and worked for the prestigious The Boston Consulting Group, Blackstone, and J.P. Morgan. He was also an early-stage investor at the Global Founders Capital before founding WorkMotion.


Karim Zaghloul is WorkMotion’s co-founder and Product & Tech Director. He is a very passionate entrepreneur and a customer-oriented, data-driven Chief Product Officer with a decade of experience in various tech companies and industries between Berlin and London.

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