In This Article
- 1 Why Global Talent Sourcing from Other Countries?
- 2 Why Is Cultural Onboarding So Important?
- 3 Dealing with Culture Shock
- 4 It is NOT about the Legal or Accounting Stuff
- 5 Reading about Swimming versus Actual Swimming
- 6 Get a Taste of How Chris Presents, Watch his TEDx Talk
- 7 Book Chris Smit as a Speaker
Why Global Talent Sourcing from Other Countries?
With the constant and rapidly changing technology around us, there seems to be more and more a need for specialized, usually technical personnel. The flow or sourcing of global talent (read more here) seems to be geographically from East to West and to a lesser extent from South (Latin America) to North (USA).
The simple reason for this global talent sourcing is that in most Western countries there simply aren’t enough people/talent to fill the demand.
Typical countries where global talent comes from are:
It is mostly IT/Tech companies and Multinationals who have the need and resources to get personnel from other countries. But how do these companies best deal with the newly recruited people in such a way that both the company and the recruited employee assimilate well (and costly failure is avoided)?
Why Is Cultural Onboarding So Important?
Getting people from one country to the other is not so difficult. But when it comes to professional global talent sourcing, cultural onboarding is really important.
What is cultural onboarding? Ideally, it is part of the “induction program” that a newcomer goes through. The usual things are an introduction to new colleagues, a talk with the new boss, and arranging logistics, such as housing, banking, laptop, phone, etc.
What often isn’t part of this induction program is intercultural management. The question then is: What are the overall cultural differences between the country of destination and the country of origin? Many times, these differences are very significant!
Dealing with Culture Shock
A phenomenon that pretty much every individual goes through is culture shock.
The initial “honeymoon period” is over and the newly globally sourced talent is wondering what he or she is doing in their host country.
The emotional challenges that newcomers face (from mild to severe depression!) are often underestimated by the host country. The process of culture shock generally looks like this (see image below).
[source: https://www.internations.org/magazine/the-4-stages-of-culture-shock-40101]Cultural onboarding and making yourself (!) and the newcomer (s) culturally competent can help tremendously in retaining personnel. In addition, if the newcomer comes with a partner/family, it is often the partner who ultimately decides to stay or to go back home. And a failed expatriation is very expensive; see the example below.
And this is an example pertaining only to one (!) individual…
It is NOT about the Legal or Accounting Stuff
There are plenty of companies that will help global companies find globally sourced talent. Often their focus is on the legal side (visa/permits, etc.) and the accounting part (salary, benefits, etc.).
Our statement is that, though this is important, it is not THE most important item to overcome. Legal and accounting issues are easily outsourced to other professionals or could even be handled within the host company/country.
What you cannot outsource is cultural competence. On both sides: You (and your personnel) should be culturally competent and newcomer should be culturally competent. It is a skill you can learn.
Reading about Swimming versus Actual Swimming
And here is where we come in: We can make you and your globally sourced talent culturally competent.
The analogy is this: How will you learn to swim if you only read about swimming as opposed to getting into the water?
Again, cultural competence is a crucial skill that you must (yes, must) learn in order to stay ahead in the game and of your competition.
If you’re interested in listening to our podcast about this topic, please go here.
An article on employee motivation can be found here.
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