A Note from Q Works 
This article begins a series on the topic of working in a multinational organization.  From the challenges to the benefits, the idea is to learn to accept and embrace differences to produce a successful work environment. 

We hope you find it helpful and as always we appreciate any feedback.

Joe Woerner
Managing Director
Recruiting Solutions Team
Melissa Coleman,
Account Director,  Lighting Industry 

Bertina Brase,  bbb@qworksgroup.com
Account Executive,  Machinery & Equipment, and Industrial Automation Industries 
Katie Trippe, kpt@qworksgroup.com
Account Executive/ Operations Manager, Machinery & Equipment, Engineering Services and Plastics Manufacturing Industries

Iris Winkelbauer-Hoelzl, imw@qworksgroup.com
Account Executive, European companies doing business in the US

Silvia Gray,  spg@qworksgroup.com
Account Executive, Automotive Industry 

Joachim Woerner, jrw@qworksgroup.com
Managing Director

Understanding, Accepting and Embracing a Multinational Workplace (Part 1: The Pitfalls)
The likelihood of working in a multinational environment continues to increase as globalization extends its reach across numerous industries.  Whether working for a small business or large corporation, it's not uncommon these days in America to be exposed to more than one culture.  Diverse international backgrounds and experiences can create a unique, even effective and flourishing workplace if certain steps are taken to ensure cultural differences are understood and respected.

Expecting a group of individuals of differing cultures to immediately and consistently perform as a cohesive team does not always work.  This is clearly an issue for multinational companies.  Generally, people from a particular country tend to share deeply ingrained cultural norms which are distinct from other countries.  This combined with language barriers, communication style and organizational differences all affect a company's performance.

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