Have you ever avoided giving feedback to a foreign national employee for fear of appearing prejudiced or insensitive? Managers are obliged to provide thoughtful, candid feedback as a core component of professional development. Yet managers, often representatives of the dominant or “majority culture,” may not always feel comfortable or confident in addressing foreign national employees with regard to cultural disconnects. They may not be fully aware of how misunderstandings related to social and behavioral differences can lead these employees to disengage. As Professor Erin Meyer put it: “Stereotyping people from different cultures on just one or two dimensions can lead to erroneous assumptions. Even experienced, cosmopolitan managers often have faulty expectations.”
Preparing Advanced Degree Candidates to Interview Successfully
Record employment levels and a super-competitive recruiting environment… A highly selective and well-informed millennial workforce… Rapidly evolving technology-enabled services…
In early 2016, Emma Seddon picked up her life in the U.K. and moved across the world to China on a three-year international secondment in her role as talent development manager at Jaguar Land Rover. Her colleagues who had previously completed long-term assignments in China warned of “shang-highs and shang-lows,” and gave her as much advice as possible.
In its 2016 poll “Millennials: The Job-Hopping Generation,” Gallup reported that only half of millennial workers expects to remain in their current job one year from now; and 21% of millennials say they've changed jobs within the past year, more than three times the number of non-millennials who report the same.
Across L&D meeting agendas and HR discussion platforms, talent development is a perennially trending topic. Organizations have deepened their commitment to fostering cultures in which their people can develop and thrive. The L&D teams I’ve met with are eager to explore learning options both to accelerate the growth of their high-value employees and enhance their recruitment efforts, and they are pushing for budgets to do so.
In consulting, analytical expertise is expected, but strong writing skills set the bar. In this article we speak to Eileen Harrington, consulting industry veteran and marketing communications expert, about the unique challenges facing consultants when it comes to writing, and some practical tools and approaches toward improvement.
How L&D Leaders Can Assess and Choose the Best Coaching Solutions
In meeting with clients, I’m hearing more concern about the “softer” skills critical to leadership and business development. The impression individuals make when interacting with colleagues, managers, and clients can greatly accelerate their career success…or leave them stalled or sidelined in the workplace. That’s where tailored coaching comes in.
Every April 1, the annual application process for H-1B visas begins. This year, many companies are concerned about the new administration’s focus on curbing visa programs. In light of a potential new executive order that could significantly curtail recruitment of highly skilled foreign employees, HR leaders are doubling down on efforts to retain their current H-1B employees. Research has shown employee development to be a valuable tool in increasing employee commitment and retention: