The New Global Workforce


Over the past 10 years, a large percentage of people who are sent abroad have had some type of working relationship with someone from a distinctly different background, whether it be a subordinate, colleague or manager. In addition, many expatriates have regional responsibilities that require information on how to work with people residing in other cultures as well as the culture they are currently living in.

As a result of this distinct shift in the global workforce, the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to be successful in an international role have become more complex. Multiple layers of culture come into play, ranging from organizational culture to functional culture to one’s own individual culture. Awareness of this added complexity is a first step to success in engaging the new global workforce.

Diana Anderson