People, Talent, Teams

Managing international employees

I’ve been managing international employees since 2000.

Call me a globalist.

I just don’t think any one country has a monopoly on talent. I’m blind to nationality and oblivious to race, religion, gender, orientation and all these other unproductive distractions.

All that is important to me is honesty and skill. Even skill can be taught. Honesty can’t. It’s a character thing.

So, this approach has resulted and continues to result in me managing international employees. I find the best talent wherever its source.

Some of them have worked in the office from which I was based. Others have been in one of my international offices so only see me whenever I do my periodic visits. Yet others live and work in their home country and I’ve become skilled in remotely-managing teams. Isn’t Skype a wonderful tool? I couldn’t do that so easily in 2008. 

And sometimes even, because I moved from Australia to the United States, the same ‘international’ employee from America working in my Singapore office later ceased to be ‘international’ when working in my New York office.

It’s been a polyglot, United Nations experience!

After finishing a meeting today and being asked ‘how many different nationalities have you employed’, I was stumped surprisingly. I’d never counted them.

Curious, I therefore looked through 17 years of hiring archives, an easy task because my businesses are systemised, to discover how many different nationalities I’ve employed.

Here’s the list:

Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, HongKong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lebanon, Macedonia, Malaysia, Monaco, Morocco, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia

Saint Lucia

Saint Vincent and Grenadines

Samoa

Serbia

Singapore

Slovenia

South Africa

South Korea

Spain

Sri Lanka

Sweden

Switzerland

Taiwan

Thailand

Turkey

Ukraine

United Arab Emirates

United Kingdom

United States

Vietnam

Zimbabwe

 

There are 196 countries in the world. 67 nationalities are 34% of the total.

This could only happen with the fortunate convergence of entrepreneurial drive, technology, unrestricted capital movement, affordable international travel and labour competition.

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