Set agendas will help keep expats on track

first_imgI just attended the SHRM Global Forum Conference in Los Angeles, with morethan 600 attendees from around the world. During a session I taught, a young lady asked what to do with an expatriatewho had been in a host country for eight years with no plans to come home. Isuggested that she simply tell him the assignment is over, full stop. It is a common question: how do we get an expat out of their comfy lifestylein Singapore or Brussels? Why don’t we have local staff ready to step into therole? I hear this question far too often. Expatriate management is an essentialpart of our jobs. We must look more closely at our strategies for managing ourmost expensive employees. Any expat leaving your shores for an assignment musthave a clear, bespoke agenda, and an equally clear exit strategy. We need to start addressing this when the first line manager says: “Iwant to send Joe Bloggs to Kuala Lumpur.” HR’s immediate question must be:”To do what, and for how long?” Without that vital question, theassignment is likely to go wildly astray. I believe it is vital that we set an agenda and tell employees why they aregoing somewhere, what they are expected to accomplish, and how long they areexpected to stay. We also have an obligation to begin discussing repatriationbefore they have even left their home country. A key component is working out why the person is heading out on anassignment. Typically, I’d expect the reason to be either development for theexpatriate, knowledge transference, development/training of a local national,or ‘firefighting’ a particular problem. In some cases, a single assignmentcould include all of these. Pre-assignment discussions of repatriation should include a strong dose ofexpectation-setting. Even if your company isn’t ready to commit to a new rolefor the person, it is just as important to tell them so. For an exit strategy to be effective, we must reconsider the initial agendathat sent the expat out. Whether we localise the role, determine the project iscomplete, or declare victory in the transferral of knowledge to local staff, itis essential that there is a pre-determined view of what the end game shouldlook like. Failure to have one will cause a supposedly valuable asset to beunderutilised or ill-deployed. Make a checklist of all your expats worldwide. If you and their line managercannot articulate what the person is doing and when they will be back, you mayhave potentially failed your business. If you are currently an expat without anagenda and an exit strategy, you need to create one yourself – or one will haveto be created for you. Put simply, an expat without an agenda and an exit strategy is an example ofbad HR and bad business. If you are an HR person, you must work with your linemanagers to ensure these factors are established. By Lance Richards, Board director, SHRM Global Forum Related posts:No related photos. Set agendas will help keep expats on trackOn 15 Apr 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Interfaith club hosts ‘Better Together Day’ celebration

first_imgSaint Mary’s students are working together to create a new interfaith group on campus after recent interfaith discussions. Sophomore Alayna Haff said the idea for the club was ignited after Interfaith Youth Core came to campus for a conference earlier this year. Haff discussed Better Together Day, a day that honors interfaith dialogue. “Better Together Day is a national day of action headed by Interfaith Youth Core, a national nonprofit working towards an America where people of different faiths, world views and traditions can bridge divides and find common values to build a shared life together,” Haff said. Julianna McKenna | The Observer Professor Catherine Cornille spoke about the role gender plays in interfaith dialogue Tuesday in Carroll Auditorium.The goal of Better Together Day is to raise awareness about religious diversity and dialogue across college campuses, professor Anita Houck of the Saint Mary’s Religious Studies Department said.“It is an annual day where they invite people to sign up online and bring awareness to the fact that it’s better to have conversations with people who are different from you,” she said. “We want to learn from each other and grow from interaction with other people. Better Together day brings attention to this, especially by getting college age students to talk about these topics.” Religious dialogue is an important aspect of community development, Houck said. “Obviously the most immediate benefit is for us to engage with other interesting people and to get insights about ourselves for those of us that are religious or spiritual or just wanting to develop our own world views,” she said. “We learn so much by talking to people who see the world differently.” She also said engaging in these types of conversations not only advances our religious understanding, but our cultural understanding as well.“We do this by acknowledging commonalities and differences, which allows us to see others as human beings,” Houck said. “It affects our politics, it affects our decisions about who we are going to vote for, what policies we support, the kinds of jokes we are going to make and so forth. It teaches us a lot about ourselves. By learning from other people about how they see the world it clarifies to us about what is really important for us.”Saint Mary’s honored Better Together Day with a lecture by Boston College professor Catherine Cornille on “Women and Interreligious Dialogue.” Cornille argued that women play an integral role in religious dialogue. “Women often are the ones taking initiative to reach out to other religious traditions and because of this are able to break down barriers and are much more open and generous to recognizing truth in other religious traditions,” Cornille said.This is formative in the mission of Saint Mary’s Better Together club, as they plan to appeal to the entire campus community, Haff said.“Our goal for this club is to incorporate our community in working together to make everyone feel included,appreciated and understood,” she said. “We need to be inclusive and understanding of those who are different than us.”Haff said she believes religious dialogue is an important aspect of communication in general. “Research has shown that when someone gets to know a person different from them, their attitudes towards that entire group also grows more positive,” she said. “By learning about other faiths and building relationships with people of different world views, we can break barriers, overcome biases and build bridges.”Tags: Better Together Day, interfaith, interfaith conference, Interfaith Youth Corelast_img read more

The true value of a college degree for members – and credit unions

first_imgAsk a recent college graduate if earning their degree was worth it and you may be surprised at the answer you receive. According to a recent Bloomberg article, many college graduates are pessimistic about the return on their investment in a degree. The growing costs of paying for college, coupled with the misconception that graduates should be pulling a hefty salary straight out of school, are leaving consumers skeptical about the value of a college education. Perhaps it’s falling into the trap of today’s instant gratification society that sways some to think like this. Yet time and time again, data show that earning a college degree is very well worth it, and that graduates will see the benefit of a degree over time.Here are the facts:The difference in the average income level of someone at least 25 years old with a bachelor’s degree is on average $30,264 as opposed to the salary of a high school graduate.1The unemployment rate is significantly lower for those with a bachelor’s degree versus a high school diploma (3.8 percent versus 12.2 percent, respectively). The same is true of those living in poverty; 21.8 percent of high school graduates live at or below the poverty line, while only 5.8 percent of those with a bachelor’s degree or higher do. 2Over the past four decades, those with a bachelor’s degree have tended to earn 56 percent more than high school graduates, and those with an associate’s degree have tended to earn 21 percent more than high school graduates. 3A Pew Research study found that on some key measures, the largest and most striking disparities between college graduates and those with less education surface in the Millennial generation. Millennials with at least a Bachelor’s Degree earn $17,500 more than Millennials with a high school education, a wage gap that is significantly larger than years prior, and continuing to grow. (Supporting Chart here.)As strong as they may be, these facts don’t mean every college graduate will reach their maximum earning potential the moment they have their diploma in hand. These numbers reflect an average over time, and entry level positions are just that – an entry into the working world and a chance to use the knowledge gained in college to advance a career.In fact, employed Millennial college graduates are more likely than their peers with a high school diploma or less education to say their job is a stepping stone to a more desired position that furthers their career (86 percent vs. 57 percent). In contrast, Millennials with a high school diploma or less are about three times as likely as college graduates to say their work is “just a job to get by” (42 percent vs. 14 percent).2The Impact on Student LendingThese facts are important for lenders to remember as they help families sort out their options for funding a valuable college education. The cost of tuition can seem staggering to most, as many Americans will experience their higher education venture as the biggest investment they may make – with the exception of their home mortgage. It’s daunting. And coupled with the media’s bleak portrayal of student lending in recent years, many consumers are quite leery of borrowing money for college. Stepping up, this is where credit unions can make a difference, however.When families turn to their financial institution to help them through major life events, they are seeking experts who can answer their questions and put their minds at ease. What sets credit unions apart from other lenders are personalized solutions for their members and education about their financial decisions. That education extends beyond the simple math of a loan. It includes teaching members about credit scores, repayment options, and a true understanding of the loan agreement into which they enter.CU Student Choice, for instance, works with online financial literacy resource iGrad assisting students and their families to make effective personal finance, student loan, and career decisions. This platform – an online portal featuring financial literacy tools for college students and recent graduates – helps before, during, and after the college years, providing resources and information on schools, career paths, budgeting, workplace expectations – and even an interactive job bank to help graduates find employment in cities across the country.Both organizations have worked to design and deploy two unique elements beyond the standard platform. The first is an interactive module that prospective borrowers may complete before a loan application is submitted – which ensures that students and parents understand college and loans costs, as well as career salary expectations. The second module is designed to help borrowers effectively enter their loan-repayment cycles.Educating borrowers about the value of obtaining a college degree is also crucial so they understand the impact of the investment they’re making and clear up any misconceptions about private student loans. Increasing negativity revolving around student lending issues has on many occasions overshadowed the true benefit of the education itself. Again, the credit union can provide members who may be distrustful of traveling down the loan road with a more educated view that results in a better decision – either way. This lending education from a credit union further positions them as a trusted resource for any financial decision. And providing a student with valuable advice and possibly a college loan to boot, sets up the credit union with an active member for all of life’s major decisions following graduation.Building Future RelationshipsBy offering this sound advice and gaining the trust of their members, credit unions have an opportunity to build lasting relationships with a younger demographic. Students leaving home for the first time may also need a checking account or their first credit card. New graduates could be looking for a car loan. For one Student Choice client credit union that has offered the program for five years, a review of their borrowers in repayment showed that:63% had a checking account22% had a credit card16% had an auto loanProviding a private student loan option for families isn’t just about paying for college; it’s also about building a solid foundation for a strong financial future. It’s not only an investment in education for the student’s future career and success but an investment for the credit union – again, positioning the institution as a trusted resource to provide further services through life’s financially-related milestones. Why wouldn’t any credit union want to position itself with this opportunity?1 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics2 Pew Research Center3 Federal Reserve Bank of New York 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Michael Weber As the Chief Marketing Officer, Michael not only builds awareness of Student Choice within the credit union industry but also works directly with client credit unions and business partners to … Web: www.studentchoice.org Detailslast_img read more

Catholic bishops to expand post-abortion counseling

first_imgReuters 16 Nov 2011U.S. Catholic bishops plan to expand efforts to provide professional and spiritual counseling to women who have had abortions and to their families. Officials announced the plan on Tuesday at a meeting of 300 bishops gathered for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, saying they would extend Project Rachel, which provides counseling to those affected by abortion. The move came a day after the bishops said religious freedom had been whittled away by same-sex marriage, abortion and healthcare legislation, and vowed to ramp up efforts to protect it. …Project Rachel supporters say women who have had abortions are at greater risk of psychological problems. But a study in 2008 by the American Psychological Association “found no evidence that a single abortion harms a woman’s mental health.”http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/11/16/us-bishops-abortion-idUSTRE7AF1MA20111116last_img read more

Team Nigeria Begins Campaign at WJC, AJCC in Ghana

first_imgThe contingent will begin campaign at the WJC with the aim of amassing global ranking points as well as test their might ahead of the AJCC which serves off on April 7.Solanke who is the only Nigerian seeded in the boys’ singles will be aiming for the title having featured in previous editions of the WJC without making it to the podium.Solanke will compete alongside Augustine Emmanuel and Abayomi Animashaun will compete in the junior boys’ team event which serves off today April 1, while the quartet of Jamiu Ayanwale, Taiwo Matti, Musa Mustapha and Mustapha Mustapha will compete in the boys’ cadet team event.Vivian Oku, Rofiat Jimoh and Iyanuoluwa Falana will slug it out in the junior girls’ team while Sukurat Aiyelabegan and Sadiat Akeem will compete in the cadet girls’ team event.Besides the team event, the players will battle for honours in the singles and doubles events of the WJC.The AJCC serves as qualification for the 2019 World Junior Championship holding later in the year and Nigeria will be returning after missing the last two editions in Tunisia and Cote d’Ivoire.Also, the team will be aiming to dethrone defending champion – Egypt in Accra next week.Ghana Table Tennis Association (GTTA) promised an exciting tournament being the first time the West Africa will be staging an international table tennis tournament in the last 16 years.According to Ghana Minister of Youth and Sports, Isaac Asiamah, Ghana would host a befitting tournament. “We are grateful to ITTF and ATTF for choosing Ghana as host of these important competitions and for us we are excited that this is in line with our ideals of growing all sports from grassroots levels. We have been working hard to revive our school sports because we know we have the potential to be among the best in sports. I am also using this opportunity to charge the Ghana Table Tennis Association to focus on schools across the country to be able to discover new talents that will make our country proud at the 2023 African Games which we are hosting,” Isaac Asiamah said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram A 12-man Team Nigeria contingent will this morning begin campaigns at the ITTF World Junior Circuit (WJC) and African Junior and Cadet Championship (AJCC) holding in Accra, Ghana from April 1 to 13.There are 10 other nations competing against Nigeria at the WJC which serves off this morning to 5 at the Sports Emporium in Accra, Ghana.National junior champion, Azeez Solanke leads 11 others to the WJC and AJCC.last_img read more