Last week the ABC’s Hack published an article on the phenomenon known as reverse culture shock and its relationship to the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions. Working in intercultural training, we spend a fair amount of time discussing reverse culture shock in the context of expats returning home after an international assignment. Read More
A very British queue. Source: The Independent
Have you ever stopped to think about when and how you learnt to queue? Being raised in Australia, it would seem obvious to stand behind the person being served to wait for your turn. If you did this in Cuba, for example, your turn might never come. Read More
Did you know that our culture impacts on our brain? There are a number of studies that demonstrate how the activity in our brains can change from culture to culture. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) is increasingly being used to study the impact of culture on our brain’s functioning and there are some interesting results surfacing in the field of cultural psychology. Read More
I always keep a box of tissues nearby when I’m facilitating a pre departure program.
Why? These programs are often the first time our clients have talked about how they’re feeling – how overwhelmed they feel dealing with the logistics of the move, how anxious they feel about uprooting their family to a completely new country, or how stressed they feel about taking on a new role where they don’t speak the language. Last week I had the partner of an expat burst into tears because they were leaving behind their elderly mother and weren’t sure whether they would see them again. Read More
International Consultants Centre is delighted to announce that we have become the Australian member of Bienvenue the French-speaking relocation network. If you are looking for full mobility services provided in French language this network of like-minded professionals is for you. Read More
Millennials are a great fit for the global workforce, thanks to their lifestyle, values and international mindset. The generation born 1981-1996 has come of age in a world increasingly interconnected, where their physical and virtual lives take place in a global society. Millennials are a mobile generation with a global mindset.
For the first time in history Australia’s workforce comprises of five generations. Generation Y, also known as millennials, will take over as the biggest working population since the baby boomers. Millennials are tech-savvy and socially conscious, and are the most tertiary qualified generation. They offer distinct skills and abilities from previous generations as well as different values when it comes to accepting a job and staying in it. Millennials in the workplace is a topic that has the world talking. Read More
We live and work in an increasingly interconnected world. This means that it is more important than ever to understand how culture impacts the work that we do and the way we relate to others. The Culture Map offers a practical model for “decoding how people think, lead, and get things done across cultures”. Read More
Have you ever considered how you may be perceived by other cultures?
If you’re an Australian working with a typically less direct culture such as Japan, United Kingdom, India or Indonesia, you may find yourself wondering why people won’t tell you exactly what they think. Read More
Cultural intelligence, or CQ, is a real asset to anyone working in today’s complex and dynamic business world. Developing CQ allows you to bridge differences and close knowledge gaps, enabling you to take advantage of the wide range of skills, knowledge and resources made available by an intercultural workforce. Read More
International Consultants Centre has recently undertaken a benchmarking project looking at how companies manage their candidate selection for international assignments. We interviewed companies from a range of sectors to understand current practices and challenges. Read More
Around the world, Australians are generally known as easy-going and friendly people. When it comes to working with Australians, however, there’s much more at play than their sense of humour and casual manner. International Consultants Centre has put together a list of our 5 top tips to help you work effectively with Australians.
International Consultant’s Centre intercultural trainer Annabel Rattigan visited India earlier this year and shares with us three of her experiences that can only happen in India.
India is one of my favourite countries in the world. It is full of contradictions. It is chaotic yet calm, generous but tough, colourful but grey, and progressive yet traditional.
The growing risk of terror-related issues can naturally be a source of stress for international assignees and has been found to impact on workplace attitudes, performance and assignment duration (Reiche 2014b). It can also render the recruitment of future expatriate employees much more difficult (Scullion, Collings and Gunnigle 2007). Yet multinationals must still continue to encourage staff to work abroad so as to develop – and train others with – the necessary skill set
required to compete in the international market.
With over 25 years’ experience in Global Mobility and Assignment Management we like to think that we have seen it all and yet one of the things we love about our work is that you never know what each day will bring, there are always surprises; challenges to be met and problems to solve.