How to succeed in the international workplace when English is not your first language

You are outgoing, confident, and witty. Your colleagues always compliment you on your speaking abilities and presentation skills.

But now that you’re working in an English language environment, everything feels off.

You’re less enthusiastic about speaking up during meetings or volunteering for presentations. In fact, you’ve become the opposite of the social person you used to be and you’re worried about your accent or self-conscious about pronunciation. When a big part of your job is about interpersonal skills this is a problem.

A few workplace communication challenges you probably face include:

Continue reading “How to succeed in the international workplace when English is not your first language”

Performance Issue or Language Barrier? How to Know.

language barrier

Recruiting or managing international talent is an important component of today’s global workforce. Large multinational corporations that have a strong base of employees and managers that are local to their region also tend to have less turnover and higher morale. However, when fitting all the disparate people and teams together, the issue of language skills inevitably comes up. While English may be the lingua franca of many large corporations, managers will find varying degrees of proficiency that may or may not be masking larger issues.

This makes employee evaluations one of the more difficult aspects of the job because it can often be difficult to tell whether the issues holding a person back are performance-related or simply due to a language barrier. In this article we’ll look at ways to discern between the two.

Continue reading “Performance Issue or Language Barrier? How to Know.”

5 Good Reasons Why We Should All Care About Employee Engagement

Employee engagement has been a hot topic among HR experts for at least a decade now, yet Gallup reports that about 70 percent of employees are still not fully engaged in the workplace. The Society for Human Resource Management found that 55 percent of employees are not engaged or are apathetic about their work, and another 26 percent are actively disengaged. Forty-eight percent of employees are actively seeking new jobs and careers.

Does this mean it does not matter if managers treat employee engagement as a higher or lower priority?

Continue reading “5 Good Reasons Why We Should All Care About Employee Engagement”

The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Becoming a Remote Worker

Remote work

Wish you could work remotely while travelling the world? Eager to win international clients without buying a single plane ticket?

All you need to be a remote worker is a strong internet connection, an in-demand skill set, and a good work ethic.

Business savvy and a tough skin help, too.

But how do you get started?

Continue reading “The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Becoming a Remote Worker”

The Customer Experience Is The New Battle in the “War For Talent”

We’ve come a long way since McKinsey & Company introduced the “War for Talent” concept in 1997. Since then, we’ve established a greater understanding of talent, but we still haven’t figured out how to deal with the problem of talent shortages. And talent shortages are a very real and terrifying thing for many organizations nowadays, taking into consideration a recent study by Korn Ferry, which states that more than half of talent acquisition professionals say that it’s now harder to find qualified candidates than it was a year ago.

Continue reading “The Customer Experience Is The New Battle in the “War For Talent””

4 Important Pieces of the Employee Experience Puzzle

No, technology will not kill HR, but it will force HR to evolve.

Traditionally, organizations tasked HR departments with a few key functions – compliance, recruiting, training, payroll, benefits – but many of these responsibilities are being automated by new technology. This may look like a grim picture, but it actually means that HR jobs will get a touch more interesting in several ways.

Continue reading “4 Important Pieces of the Employee Experience Puzzle”