If you are an HR manager and also happen to be among the many Brits and Americans who are monolingual, you may have never wondered how Employee Benefits terminologies are expressed abroad or in your company’s foreign subsidiaries. Certainly a name is oftentimes just a name, but when the name expresses a concept that affects…

Catherine Trombley: Mamma Mia! The Role of Working Moms

Lest you think this is a posting about the influence of Freudian-based issues in the workplace, allow me to quickly move your attention to the role of working mothers in the labor force and corporate attitudes toward them, which according to some studies suggest have become more negative during the economic downturn. Since the 20th century…

Catherine Trombley: Talking Health in the Workplace

In the US, the concept of Workplace Wellness programs has become quite popular in recent years. The motivation for implementing these programs has been largely tied to either a direct or indirect correlation with savings in Health Insurance expenditures. As Employers address these areas the potential for broaching potentially sensitive and overly personal issues increases,…

Catherine Trombley: Global re”wire”ment

Retirement, (sigh), retirement. Everywhere you look these days from advertisements, newspapers, social protests, and even television sitcoms “retirement” has become an inescapable buzzword. It is no coincidence that this increased focus comes at a time when the first batch of Baby Boomers worldwide will turn 65 years old. In the US alone this means 7,000…

Catherine Trombley: Workplace New Year’s Resolutions

The holiday rush has waned, the warm greetings and Yuletide good-will-to-all attitude has been packed away in our corporate mindsets, and we reluctantly begin the trudge through another new year at the office. Our workplace atmosphere undergoes an odd transformation from jolly December when we are praised by our bosses, receive bonuses and small gifts…

Catherine Trombley: National pride or corporate identity?

A recent survey of Chinese employment trends carried out by Manpower Inc. seems to reveal a trend among Chinese workers to prefer working for a domestic company rather than foreign brand-name companies. Sixty-one percent of those who indicated a preference for a Chinese company were at the managerial level. This trend represents a considerable attitude…

Catherine Trombley: Holidays are in the eye of the beholder

The end-of-the-year customer satisfaction surveys were in. As I glanced through the stack, a message in all-caps from a South American customer stood out, “please reduce your downtimes around ridiculous holidays such as Thanksgiving and Labor Day as this causes an interruption for our staff”. To provide a spin-off of an old adage, “Vacation is…