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CULTURAL DIFFERENCES: ONLY FOR GLOBAL COMPANIES?

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Talking about cultural differences is almost vain words until you see the palpable consequences of failed communication . Communication is about getting through your interlocutor. Think Ebola.  

In general we will agree that the Ebola virus disease (EVD) is not quite understood yet. In practice, there are trends that counteract common sense. Those can be cultural and/or more or lessideological. The major hurdle is getting needed - in this case vital - communication through, as well as timely talent acuisition. This was so unexpected: workers needed!. 



Transpose EVD and its impacts on society to a much different and less dramatic scale, and you are encountering global dynamics. Sustainability of multinationals relies a great deal on understanding cultural differences and navigating the cultural and legal, global landscape.

UNDERSTANDING ALL FACETS OF CULTURE
Understanding cultures is essential before implementing any program or conducting any HR project, whether you are a multinational …

HR: Where Divides Cross Paths

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The HR world is a busy one where several divides cross paths. We often talk about diversity: the racial, age, gender, lifestyles, physical and mental capacities divides; We live many layers of hierarchies: power divide; We see different applications of company policy: at regional, district, divisional, and local levels, put as administrative divide. As strange as it is, there is also divide among stakeholders: employers, customers, shareholders could have conflicting interests. And recently the digital divide became more apparent with its daily life implications and its link to generational divide. The business world is a puzzle where divides cross paths in, and can be mended by, HR.

Who has not witnessed some type of expression of divides over the past week? I recall at least least two records of divides voiced in two or three organizations, varying to small or large entities. Voices came from various stakeholders. Issues originated from misunderstandings and lack of good f…

HR: Where Divides Cross Paths

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The HR world is a busy one where several divides cross paths. We often talk about diversity: the racial, age, gender, lifestyles, physical and mental capacities divides; We live many layers of hierarchies: power divide; We see different applications of company policy: at regional, district, divisional, and local levels, put as administrative divide. As strange as it is, there is also divide among stakeholders: employers, customers, shareholders could have conflicting interests. And recently the digital divide became more apparent with its daily life implications and its link to generational divide. The business world is a puzzle where divides cross paths in, and can be mended by HR.

Who has not witnessed some type of expression of divides over the past week? I recall at least least two records of divides voiced in two or three organizations, varying from small to large entities. Voices came from various stakeholders. Issues originated from misunderstandings and lack of good faith on t…