International Working Oppertunity

If I were to do an international assignment I would choose to go to Germany. When comparing Hofstede’s cultural dimensions, one can see that Germany’s culture has similarities to that of the US. Even though the cultural, economic, and political environment has more socialistic traits than the US they are still a capitalistic country that fosters individualism. While people pay higher taxes and receive more social benefits the people are focused on self-actualization and independence from the government. In terms of power distance, it is relatively low over there. Germany has a strong middle class and people value being in control over their careers and the state’s politics. I think that Germany has a masculine culture because people are competitive and focus on high performance and success however, they also have some feminine cultural traits because many people also focus on the quality of life, and because of the socialistic policies, I feel like they care about the collective good more than US culture. Like in the US there is some certainty avoidance in German culture as they have strong laws and policies to ensure order and avoid issues within society. Germany has a long-term orientation, they have a history of quick societal change and adapting to social situations, this is different from the US where it is very hard to make societal changes.

Of course, when looking at other aspects than Hofstede’s cultural dimensions, there are many differences between Americans and Germans. Since there are many different cultures even within countries, we can only make assumptions based on stereotypes. That said, German people are portrayed as very direct and strong characters and have different social expectations than (west coast) Americans. while they do focus on their success, they seem to be more focused on living their lives outside of work compared to Americans whose lives often seem to focus on their jobs. They also have different health and education systems, and they have different views on nutrition and exercise.

Considering all of the above, I would focus most on the financial differences that come with living in a more socialistic country because you have to see which social class would apply to you when moving to Germany and then consider the tax bracket, you’d fall in. next I would focus on the social differences as they seem to like making it hard to adjust for someone not used to the culture.

In the end, I would probably choose to take the opportunity to come here because of the high quality of life and very good social benefits. Especially if I had children I would like to move there because they receive free education and universal healthcare. I am a very adaptive person and belive that I could adjust to the social changes of the move, and I would support my family in doing so as well.

Compensation as a Motivating Factor

Last year, an old friend of mine got an internship at a big and well-known company. He was working towards that internship since freshman year and got the job in his last summer before graduation. The internship already paid well, and it is common knowledge that most of the interns get a full-time job offer at the end of the summer for after graduation. After the internship he received the offer, and they were going to pay him 80k a year. This is really good for an entry level position, so he accepted that offer. Two weeks later he got another offer at a different company that was willing to pay him even more money. After considering both offers, he went for the higher paying job even though he really liked working at the first company already made friends there and had a good relationship to the management. I was most surprised with his decision because he had already accepted the other job and he is usually a very reliable person who does not go back on his decisions. 

In this case I think the compensation motivated his behavior because he grew up with very little money and his main goal was always to make enough money to take care of his family. While both jobs were good, he chooses the better paying one because he wanted to get to that point faster and the compensation made that possible. I believe that your family’s financial situation has a big impact on your choice between compensation and satisfaction in your career. 

Effective Interviews

Interviews have always scared me, even if I ended up getting the job offer, I always thought it is an awkward encounter and never had the immediate feeling of “this went well” that some people have. I always feel better during an interview If I am the only applicant, compared to group interviews. Like me, I think everyone has preferences and situations that they feel comfortable in, and this probably has an impact on hiring decisions so the setting of the interview should be relevant to the position to account for the validity of the performance measure.
Since I struggle with a language barrier, I also found it best if the interviewer gave me extra time to find my words and did not interrupt me when I am still searching for a word. This is a tricky situation for me because my English gets significantly worse when I feel social anxiety which is different from stress on the job and usually only happens when I am being questioned.
This reminds me of an interview I once had where they asked me what my favorite color and my spirit animal are. That was one of the only interviews where I felt very comfortable and didn’t struggle so much. This was at a college where they were looking for very sociable people and those questions seemed to help them make decisions. However, for typical jobs, I would advise interviewers to ask more specific questions that have validity concerning the position, because asking my favorite color doesn’t give you much information on how well I make cappuccinos.
My best experience with a job interview was at a childcare facility where one part of the job interview was to interact with a group of children, I really like the idea when looking back on it and reading the learning material because it is a performance measure that is reliable, valid and has good utility. It was reliable and valid because it was a direct performance of the job that we had to do if hired. Because it was so valid and very cheap to do this performance measure has good utility.

Developing and Maintaining Job Descriptions

A big part of the Human resource function is making sure that there is a correct job description that is provided to potential new hires and current staff. Job descriptions are important, so the employee understands their responsibilities. It is also important for applicants because they need to know if the description fits their skillset. Some difficulties when making job descriptions may be that the job has multiple functions, and the employer may not be sure what the job entails if the position they’re hiring has potential for development.

Employers also need to make sure that the job characteristics are diverse and give the employee enough verity and responsibilities to ensure job satisfaction.
With Job rotation and job enlargement being very good ways to make sure that employees are happy it may be difficult reflecting that in the job description. One way to manage that is maybe to make the description less specific and only include the KSAOs that are needed and add adaptability as a main characteristic for the employee. To make sure current employees get a description when it comes to job rotation and enlargement, I think the employer should update the description after having conversations with their current employees about the changes.

From my experience, most of the KSAOs and job descriptions from my previous jobs were either way too vague or way too detailed. In the job that had a vague description, I later learned that there were a lot of skills I didn’t possess that were needed, and luckily I was able to catch on fast but I wish they would’ve included them. And the other job I almost didn’t apply because it required such a large skillset that I didn’t possess myself, which I ended up not needing when I started working there.

What makes a company the greatest to work at?

The great place to work organisation has yearly rankings of where the employees are happiest. In 2020 Hilton was the number 1 best employer with 97% of employees saying that it is a great place to work. The main thing said in the survey of hiltons employees was that they really appreciated their management and felt like they were cared about. When I looked into two other companies who also have more than 90% of their employees saying they like their workplace were American Express and Deloitte. When comparing the things that employees said about the firms I noticed that they all mentioned that their management was approachable and that they get a large amount of responsibilities. I think that management is one of the most important things when it comes to workplace satisfaction. If I was a manager I would also let my employees have more responsibility because I feel like people do more and do a better job when they feel like their work matters and that they’re contributing. I also noticed that all these companies are said to be flexible, offer parental leave and education and development programs. A friend of mine currently works at Deloitte and I have heard these things from them as well. I think it is very interesting to note that even though they often hire staff that has very little experience and do not hold long tenure, Deloitte has very high customer satisfaction quotes and a very good employee satisfaction. Many people know that they recruit out of college, train and educate people who are just starting out who usually move on from the company after a couple of years. I wonder if one of the reasons for their huge success could be the young staff that is excited about starting in the workforce and know that they will gain a lot of experience and support from this company.

Source:

Fortune 100 best companies to work for® 2020. Great Place to Work®. Retrieved September 30, 2022, from https://www.greatplacetowork.com/best-workplaces/100-best/2020