“Mr. Ron, we would like your insights on this issue.”
This happened throughout the conference until it got a point that I just wanted to be left alone to listen. “Let me just take it all in,” was my thought.
Last week, I was a keynote speaker at the 2nd Annual Human Resources Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. My topic: HR at the Crossroads of Business & Leadership.
One of the main pieces of advice I have for any expat is to get involved right away in your industry. The learning experiences that I have gotten from attending these conference are incalculable. Attend as many conference as possible and learn, learn and learn some more. Read more…
By Danielle Urban
Many U.S.-based employers perform pre-employment, post-accident, or random drug testing, and with some exceptions, are generally permitted wide latitude in deciding when to conduct such tests.
The U.S. attitude toward drug testing does not necessarily translate to other countries, however, where there may be different attitudes toward employee privacy, in particular. U.S.-based employers can run into trouble when attempting to impose those same testing requirements on a foreign division or subsidiary. Read more…
“Mr. Ron, I want you to send me to some training.”
Sure, I said. Tell me about what you do and what are some of your duties in your department? After listening to him or a while, I finally asked: what type training do you think you need?
His reply floored me — “I do not know. Just send me to training.”
The exasperated look on my face told the story. Another of my colleagues was in my office and he said that is a normal reaction in this country. People look to be directed; they are not into self-direction. Read more…
Aon Hewitt has laid-off its reward consultants in Canada while retaining other parts of its HR consulting practice.
While this sort of thing is common in business, it comes as something of a shock to the Canadian HR community where Hewitt was long seen not just as one of the biggest consultancies but also one of the nicest.
There are, no doubt, many particulars around the decision, however perhaps the main takeaway is that consulting can be a tough business even when you are well established. Read more…
Despite being the most expensive Olympics in history, several buildings and arenas hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia were structurally incomplete less than 72 hours before the Opening Ceremonies.
This Washington Post article chronicles the equal parts amusing and gross follies many journalists are encountering with their accommodations (I now invite you to Google ‘Sochi double toilet’ and come to your own conclusions).
The likelihood that these conditions will adversely affect the job at hand of competing to win, however, is close to zero. Read more…
Editor’s Note: Sheena Sigsworth will be writing from time to time about HR and the workplace as she sees it from the Cayman Islands.
We’ve heard about it, experienced it or read about it – women in the workforce sometimes get a raw deal.
Discrimination is one of those things no one really likes to talk about, but you know it’s there and gender discrimination is one such issue. It rears its head in the workforce where many women still earn less than their male counterparts for the same job.
Although the Cayman Islands have evolved from the days when women were expected to be homemakers while the their men went to sea and provided for the family, inequality still exists in the workplace. Read more…
By Alice Wang
With dynamic soaring towers, elaborate bright lights, and heart warming traditional customs, Hong Kong’s enigmatic economic and business climate serves as a financial capital for all industries, companies, and firms.
Indeed, Hong Kong is a pivotal financial center of Greater Asia! As a former British Crown colony, Hong Kong truly embodies the best of the East and the best of the West. Read more…
So, I’ve been up north at HRPA 2014 and have learned so much about our Canadian HR sisters and brothers (and like the U.S., it’s still mostly sisters!).
Did you know the maternity leave in Canada is 52 weeks? That’s one year if you’re slow at math like me!
And that can be divided in any manner between the mother and father. Plus, from the peers I spoke to, many get up to 55 percent of their salary for the entire time they’re off.
The U.S. has FMLA (the Family and medical Leave Act) for only 12 weeks. By the way, the women I spoke to, who didn’t know what the U.S. did, were completely shocked by this. But, I was completely shocked by 52 weeks and 55 percent pay! Read more…
“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…