Global & International

A Little-known Fortune 100 Company Is Trying to Become a ‘Talent Factory’

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A not-well-known company that’s nonetheless one of the U.S.’s largest, operating in 160 countries with about $47 billion in revenue, is trying to “transform the organization into a talent factory,” according to the talent-acquisition leader. Ingram Micro is a electronics/IT distributor with about 200,000 customers. A Chinese group called HNA has announced an interest in acquiring it…

5 Ways the U.S. Can Compete with New European Jobs Act

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In January, the Italian government announced the Jobs Act, designed to protect Italy’s growing class of freelancers and the self-employed. The Jobs Act provides — among other things — five months of maternity benefits to new mothers and rights to wages, productivity bonuses equal to full time employees, and other benefits that make freelance…

The Path to Being Globally Consistent and Locally Relevant

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As a novice world-traveler, your attention is drawn to the differences between your native culture and the foreign one you are immersed in. However, as you become a road-tested, travel veteran (as I have by growing up in a military family, and working for a company as global as Western Union) your focus…

Top Countries Where They Lie About Salaries (and Those Where They’re Honest)

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A recent international survey, the Intelligence Group’s Global Talent Acquisition Monitor, asked 64,000 respondents from 45 different countries about their honesty during a job interview. Specifically, they were asked to indicate whether they mention the real salary they earn in their current/previous job, or, choose to overstate it. Not surprisingly, the survey shows that many individuals…

Find Out the Country Where You’re Most Likely to Lie About Your Salary

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An international survey asked 64,000 respondents from 45 different countries about their honesty during a job interview. Specifically, they were asked to indicate whether they mention the real salary they earn in their current/previous job, or choose to overstate it. Not surprisingly, the survey shows that many individuals misstate the actual amount. In most of…

Oracle Launches New Site as It Looks for 1,400 Cloud Salespeople

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An in-house team of developers, designers, social media experts, and editors has sent live a new Oracle careers site, aimed at bringing on 1,400 salespeople in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa and giving people coming from social media one destination. The microsite launch is part of a campaign called “Experience Oracle.” The whole…

Cuba May Be Opening, But There are Big Challenges Building a Business There

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Cuba is awe-inspiring and timeless. I traveled to Havana over Thanksgiving with a team of HR and recruiting executives. Our goal was to learn more about the economic climate of a country that’s been closed to American citizens and businesses for over 50 years. First, a little history. When you step off the airplane…

A Sobering Look at How Work — and Workers — Are Changing Globally

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I’m a big fan of the SHRM Foundation. The resources they put in the hands of HR professionals all over the world are impressive. They do this by funding academic research in areas of interest to HR and business leaders, they provide scholarships for HR professionals to further their professional development and credentials,…

Evolve or Die: A Former Skype Executive on Hiring Challenges in a Smaller World

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I was lucky to get an interview with Sten Tamkivi from Teleport, a tech entrepreneur, most recently residing at Andreessen Horowitz. After starting a few companies in Estonia, he joined a start-up called Skype as an early executive in 2005, where he ran the original R&D office and held several global product engineering…

When China Goes to Cuba: More Insights From an HR-Focused Visit

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Gerry Crispin and I led a delegation of 21 senior HR executives to Cuba last week. I’m still processing what we experienced and learned, but wanted to share some high level observations for you. First of all, read Laurie Ruettimann’s blog post from yesterday. Her take is, as always, captivating and profound. Second,…