UNITED STATES
STAFFING, TRAINING,
EXPATRIATION & LABOR RELATIONS
 
 
 
 
 

COMPANY-EMPLOYEE RELATIONSHIP

DIRECTION & DEVELOPMENT
Responsibility is both delegated by management and received with open arms by management.  While some direction is sought after, management in the United States enjoys the opportunity to solve delegated problems.
FOREIGN INVESTMENT CLIMATE
With few exceptions the U.S. government places no real restrictions on foreign investment.  These exceptions would include investments that can jeopardize national security.  Some states however, limit the ownership of real estate by foreign investors. 
ROLE OF WOMEN
There are more opportunities for women in management in the United States than in most other countries.  Typically if there are more opportunities for women within their own country, then there are more opportunities for them as expatriates. 
SELECTION PROCESS
Expatriate selection is a complex process and requires many things to be determined before an individual is sent into the workforce.  For instance how does that culture react to women in the workplace, how are foreigners treated, and what type of relationship exists between the management and the labor force (whether unionized or not.)   In the United States, women are accepted in the workforce more than in most other cultures, foreigners are typically accepted, and unionized labor is not that prevalent and is declining.
STAFFING
Typically family members are not hired as this is frowned upon.  Jobs are typically given according to experience and skill and advancement is based on performance.  Within a limited number of industries that are union based, advancement and job security are based on seniority. 
TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT
Instruction is both structured and precise.  American workers want to know what is expected of them but not necessarily how it should be done.  U.S. society expects to be offered the opportunity to develop through training in order to achieve advancement within a company.
UNION SUMMARY
In the U.S. approximately 11 percent to 20 percent of the labor force is unionized.  In America, members of a union are represented by a business agent.  The business agent is able to negotiate on behalf of the union members which gives the agent the collective bargaining power of all of the members rather than each individual worker negotiating his or her own terms.

 

Sources
Deresky, Helen. International Management: Managing Across Borders.Third Edition.Prentice Hall.2000. p384, 390-392,.
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