“The logic you have based your decisions on over your lifetime is not usable here.”
Everyone sitting around the office basically agreed. But then again, we were all expatriates. The conversation was centered on the processes and procedures that we had built our career on.
We were used to making snap decision and were also proud of the fact that we were decisive. We were used to digging for root cause and trying to fix things so that the problem would not happen again. We were used to analyzing process and determine where the bottlenecks were, and then fix them.
A great deal of the time, however, that does not translate across cultures. Read more…
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Pay for performance is a new concept in many countries.
Unlike the United States, some cultures consider it unacceptable to tell employees they are performing poorly. In these countries there is little variance in ratings, salary increases and bonuses. Performance ratings (if they exist at all), pay increases and bonuses are all pretty much the same.
Pay for performance, as we know it in the U.S., tends not to exist. Global companies need to understand the impact of these differences and search for ways to reconcile any conflicts.
By Jessica Cook
The O-1A visa category is available to foreign nationals with extraordinary ability in the arts, sciences, education, business, or athletics who want to work in the United States. These individuals are a part of a small percentage of people who have risen to the very top in their respective fields of expertise.
To qualify for an O-1 visa, the foreign national must have sustained national or international recognition in his or her area of expertise and be coming to the United States to continue working in his or her area of extraordinary ability.
Sustained national or international recognition is evidenced by the foreign national’s receipt of a major, internationally-recognized award, such as a Nobel Prize or evidence of at least three of the following: Read more…
By Danielle Urban
When is the last time your company reviewed its data protection policies?
If your company employs any international employees, it may have obligations under foreign laws to have specific safeguards in place. Failure to observe a jurisdiction’s data protection laws can result in staff penalties and unwelcome press coverage.
Although the European Union is leading the way with a proposed comprehensive new data protection law, other countries from China to the United Kingdom, South Africa, Qatar, Dubai, and several Latin American countries are developing, or have already enacted, their own data protection laws, with many based on the European model. Read more…
No matter how prosperous or uncertain the environment, talent is always tough to find.
ManpowerGroup’s 8th annual Talent Shortage Survey reveals that employers worldwide continue to report that a lack of skilled talent and a struggle to fill vacancies negatively impacts their business performance.
ManpowerGroup surveyed nearly 40,000 employers in 42 countries and territories, including more than 1,000 U.S. employers. Some 39 percent of U.S. employers continue to have difficulty finding people with the right skills. While that’s down from last year’s 49 percent, it still exceeds the global average of 35 percent — the highest since the start of the recession. Read more…
Do people learn differently around the world? Does culture affect learning style?
The answer to both questions is “yes.”
If so, how do global companies deliver the same training program and consistent message on a worldwide basis while taking into account these differences?
Here are some tips to keep in mind: Read more…
There has been a lot written recently on Generation Y (or Millkennials) in the U.S, but today I’m focusing on Gen Y globally.
You may not realize it, but Gen Y actually exists in other countries. It is not unique to the U.S.
They may not be called Gen Y or Millennials in other places. They may not have the exact same birth year range. But they do exist.
You may think that the concept of Gen Y is all a bunch of “hooey,” but there are differences in how young people act, think and what they believe around the world. Read more…
By Roland De Monte
With the Catholic College of Cardinals’ election of their fellow Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio to Pope Francis I, a spotlight has been cast recently upon his native Argentina.
The white smoke announcing the Cardinals’ decision had barely begun to dissipate, when news media outlets began publishing stories and articles not only lauding the “revolutionary” selection of the first Latin American and Jesuit Pope, but also profiling the new Pope’s relationship to his homeland, including its citizens and political leaders. Read more…
Stiff new immigration laws introduced by Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley could stop staffing companies from bringing in H-1B visa holders.
Declaring that “Somewhere along the line, the H-1B program got side-tracked,” Grassley re-introduced legislation this week tightening up the entire H-1B program. Similar efforts by Sen. Grassley last year went nowhere, but with the renewed effort in Congress to enact some form of immigration reform, some of his proposals could get make it into law.
A group of four Democrats and four Republicans — the so-called Gang of Eight — have been working for weeks to come up with a bi-partisan immigration reform bill. Among the thornier problems has been the issue of guest worker visas, especially in regard to the flow of low-skilled workers for jobs in construction. Read more…