Many companies are working globally these days. But, are these companies global in their mindset and approach? The single most unique challenge of globalization is managing the myriad work and management styles companies face across geographies, businesses, functions and projects.
When global work styles clash, organizations can become disfunctional and productivity can suffer. These clashes can cause social distance, which results in lower performance and lost revenues. Managers who are attuned to global work style differences can develop effective strategies to minimize the risks and maximize the opportunities present in the global marketplace.
Cultural Savvy develops workshops for clients that are designed to aid managers and staff in developing the awareness, competencies and skills required to work in a multicultural/global environment. Our goal is to assist clients improve the productivity of managers in a global work environment.
Almost everyone in business these days is working in some type of multi-cultural environment - at the office or with customers & colleagues around the world. The cost to a company when communications breakdown is difficult to calculate, but one thing is clear - the cost of preparative training is minor by comparison. Companies tell us they just can't find the time - personnel is too busy to take a day or two out for training. The question you should be asking is "can we afford NOT to give employees the opportunity to develop cross-cultural skills?" It may be the best investment you ever make.