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:

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What Good Managers Understand About Successful Cross-Border Teams

One thing good managers understand is norms. They establish them at the start, monitor them throughout, and quickly address bad ones when they develop.

But what are norms in a team context?

Norms are standards of behavior. They make teamwork easier and smoother, but they can also lead to conflict if individual members violate them.

Why is it important for team managers to understand group norms?

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5 Reasons Why Companies Should Hire An International Team

These days, there are few obstacles to hiring an international team. Relocation costs aren’t an issue when an employee can work from their home country via the internet. Collaboration isn’t impossible when everyone can tune in through excellent video conferencing tools. And cross-border payments, while still a pain, are much more manageable than they were a few decades ago. With so little standing in the way, what do you have to lose from hiring an international team?

Very little. In fact, you have quite a lot to gain.

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