This coming Friday is Bring Your Manners to Work Day! The Protocol School of Washington created this day, observed on the first Friday of September each year, as a reminder to treat others with courtesy and respect in the workplace. Good business etiquette comes from having empathy for others. Organizations that build a culture of […]
Many cultures celebrate a new year at different times, and in different ways. But for many families throughout the globe, there is also another sort of new year to observe — the school year! No matter what month your school year begins, here are some New Year resolutions to consider: Update the information kept on […]
Having just returned from attending the GBTA conference in Chicago, I was most impressed with one of the speakers, Dennis Muilenburg, Chairman, President, and CEO of Boeing. Boeing’s the 5th largest defense contractor in the world and designs, builds, and sells airplanes, rotorcraft, rockets, satellite communications, and missiles on a global scale. Last year there […]
When we wrote about telecommuting a few years ago, a study by Ipsos had produced the figure that one in five employees around the globe works remotely on a frequent basis. More recent results by Swiss-based workspace company IWG determined that 50% of the 15,000 global professionals they surveyed work remotely at least 2.5 days each week. […]
Which country’s regulations are particularly onerous when it comes to traveling with prescription and non-prescription drugs? a. Canada b. The Netherlands c. Japan d. Indonesia Click here for the answer!
Business travel is an important means for companies to expand their businesses, build relationships, and grow brand awareness around the world. Statistics show that face-to face meetings are 34 times more powerful than remote, text-based conversations, according to an article in the Harvard Business Review. The GBTA convention in Chicago next week is the perfect opportunity for some face […]
Strong earthquakes near Ridgecrest, CA, USA and near Athens, Greece earlier this month fortunately did not result in fatalities. However, they do serve as an important reminder of the necessity of emergency preparedness in any location, as well as regular reviews of plans that are in place. Do you need to prepare for the unexpected? […]
In Finland, summer solstice celebrations are important to Finns and are celebrated with midsummer festivals. The Finnish flag is flown everywhere with silver birch and ______ serving as decorations. a. Roses b. Lily-of-the-valley c. Lilacs d. Dahlias Answer: C – Lilacs The Finnish flag, silver birch and lilacs all serve as decorations during the summer […]
In which city will you find 62% of residents biking to work or school? Would it surprise you that the same city’s traffic lights are coordinated to favor cyclists over motorists? What if I hinted that this city has built bicycle super highways to promote commuting for cyclists? You may have guessed that the answer […]
Travelers to New Zealand who currently do not need to obtain a visa for their stays may soon be subject to new immigration requirements. Nationals of visa waiver countries and transit visa waiver countries may be required to obtain a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) in order to enter New Zealand on or after […]
“To the art of working well a civilized race would add the art of playing well.” George Santayana American philosopher 1863–1952 Recently I came across a blog post about fun deprivation. Is this really true? I do believe that cultures all over the world are suffering from too little fun. The pace of life has increased, technology […]
The health landscape is shifting as communities deal with a rising number of families opting out of vaccines for their children. The World Health Organization (WHO) identifies “vaccination hesitancy” as one of the 10 threats to global health in 2019. What does this mean for a globally mobile workforce? It means that transferees need to […]
In Angola, Portuguese is spoken as the primary language of business. What is a good backup language if you do not know Portuguese? a. Angolese b. French c. German d. English Click here for the answer!
This past Friday, New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority took an important new step. OMNY, or One Metro New York, is the city’s new fare payment system. Passengers who use OMNY pay their fares using a contactless card, or a digital wallet. Here are videos that demonstrate how to use them: Contactless card: Digital wallet: Riders […]
When you hit the road or take to the skies for a business trip abroad, you’ve got a lot on your mind. Even before you leave home, you need to plan the logistics of travel and assemble documents required for entry. While the business purpose of your visit dominates your focus, you’re also aware that […]
Do you have colleagues traveling for work or moving to another country? Is your sales force traversing across continents? Entering a new international market can be a nerve-wracking proposition for even the most seasoned businessperson. How can you and your team avoid offending foreign business partners? Consider discussing etiquette. Booking.com’s recent research showed that 62% […]
Fiestas and performing arts are important parts of life in Spain. _________ is in a class by itself and is considered to reflect the soul of Spain. Flamenco Jai-alai Bull fighting A musical production Click here for the answer!
From cross-cultural communication challenges, to last minute meeting changes, to unexpected traffic in an unfamiliar city, to your toothbrush not making it into your luggage, to needing a cup of coffee or a quick mile run, business travel requires expecting the unexpected. While staying in a larger hotel makes many solutions available on site or […]
Are you involved with your company’s global mobility program and the many moving parts that go with handling successful international relocations? Busy mobility professionals know that it’s easy for small details to pass unnoticed until things stop running smoothly, especially with all the juggling of local security, healthcare, tax, visas, benefits, and insurance. One of the […]
Last week’s devastating fire in the Notre Dame Cathedral had onlookers struggling to comprehend the damage. Losing an irreplaceable piece of history prompted immediate, generous support toward rebuilding. But for those who never got a chance to lay eyes on the original 12th Century Paris masterpiece, that opportunity is now forever lost. The world is […]