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Our intercultural business consultant Laura, asks you to 

Pick up the phone! 

Communication across cultures is already challenging in itself. Different preferred styles such as indirect or direct communication, means that actual words expressed as well as non-verbal signals could be interpreted in various ways. Now imagine a business context in which colleagues are continents apart, only met once and still need to work together on a regular basis. Daunting? Yes, but fret not. In order to build trust and common understanding, it is vital that you get to know your colleague, their culture and local business context. What better way than to pick up the phone and tune in to their voice, their communicating style, their personality. Email seems to be the fastest and easiest way to get a message across. But is your ‘clear’ message interpreted in the same way that you meant it? So I say it again… pick up the phone! (unless they are sleeping of course…)

Click here for 12 tips to overcome geographical, time and cultural borders to improve remote team effectiveness.

Interested to learn more? Join our upcoming trainings  "Communicate with Impact across Cultures" and "Face-to-face and Remote Success with Teams in India"

Not what you are looking for? Find our complete Public Course schedule here

Preferred Vendor of Asian Tigers Mobility 

We are proud to partner with Asian Tigers Mobility to prepare inbound and outbound assignees for their next career step.

As a preferred vendor, we will provide career coaching and in partnership with Akteos Asia intercultural training for assignees coming to Singapore or leaving for another country.

Interested to learn more? Find our upcoming Public Course Schedule here

Thank you to the participants of yesterday’s breakfast talk for the lively discussions about “Best Practices for Intercultural Awareness and Recruiting”. We organised this talk in cooperation with the German Centre Singapore. Managing Director Isabelle and Intercultural Business Consultant Laura enjoyed presenting and answering all questions around this topic. 
To find out more about our recruiting and training & coaching solutions, contact us at contact@timeo-performance.com or 6327 9218 today.

 

 

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Isabelle Larche, Director at Timeo-Performance, shares her top finds across the web regarding "Engagement, Millennials and Generation Z".
Read her LinkedIn article here

   5 Tips for Recruiting
   in Southeast Asia

 

 

 

1. Job titles

Job titles play a crucial role in the Southeast Asian business cultures and carry a symbolic status. Be aware that job titles might be differently used as in your home country so you will need to rely on meticulous candidate and CV screening for experience and relevant skills. 
On the other hand, if you experience problems filling a position, have a look at the job title first, which might keep the right candidates from applying. 


2.    Advertising on job portals 

LinkedIn is the largest professional social network in Southeast Asia and the number one platform to find jobs and candidates. Besides LinkedIn, there are several online job portals very popular in the region: 
 

  • Jobstreet is popular for entry level and middle management roles in Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia and Vietnam. 
     
  • JobsDB is where you should advertise for middle and top management positions across Hong Kong, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. 
     
  • Asian Online Job Portals by countries.
     

3.    Working with recruitment/executive search companies 

It might be uncommon in other countries to get a call from a head hunter, but it is common practise in Southeast Asia to outsource your HR needs to a recruitment company, especially for more senior and complex roles, but also in sectors encountering manpower shortages.
Recruitment companies can support with market knowledge and where to find talents to fit your company culture best. In this candidate-driven market, recruitment companies proactively engage your selected candidates and keep the communication channels open until the contract is signed. As Southeast Asia is a conglomerate of different cultures, it is helpful to have recruiters who can advise on differences in for example interview and application behaviours and gauge if the candidate is a good fit for your organisation. All recruiters at Timeo-Performance for instance are intercultural trained and certified. 


4. Salary negotiation

The question about your last-drawn salary is often quoted as the most hated interview question by job seekers. While in Europe this question will only be asked in the last round of interviews, it is quite different in Southeast Asia. Salary and benefits will be discussed at the end of the first interview and a range of the expected salary is often included in the CV. 


5. Retention  

As the job market in Southeast Asia is in favor of candidates, it is easier for employees in Southeast Asia to change jobs as elsewhere. There is also a seasonal element to consider as you will experience a surge in job movements around February/March after bonus payments. 
As anywhere else in the world, employers who engage and take care of their employees will have a higher retention rate. The latest 2018 Global Employee Engagement Trends Study gives valuable insights about the best engagement opportunities per region. 

New to Singapore? Our intercultural expert Laura shares "6 Things to Know about Working in Singapore" to get you started. For an in-depth training join our upcoming public course "New to Singapore: What Managers Need to Know".

 

Contact us at +65 6327 9218 or contact@akteos.sg today! 

Download our Public Course Schedule for Q2 and Q3 here

Are you looking to train one or two members of your organisation? Or do you want to attend a course yourself?

Our public courses are run regularly, and are open to employees from any organization. Participants love the opportunity to attend our most popular trainings, and network with professionals across industries.

These programs vary from Lunch & Learn sessions, designed for impactful learning in the shortest time, to full-day programs, with interactive and in-depth sessions. 

 

 

It was a pleasure joining last week's event on "Hiring foreign talent in Singapore" with Isabelle Larche as a panelist. Thank you to the Swedish Chamber of Commerce Singapore for organizing this informative and well received event on a key topic.  

Isabelle Larche, Director at Timeo-Performance, shares her top finds across the web regarding "Diversity & Inclusion, Office Housework and Gender Payment Gap".  

Read her article here

We recently had a highly engaged and enthusiastic workshop with the regional team of Nucleus Global. Thank you to the participants from Singapore, Sydney and Shanghai for your energy, creativity and enthusiasm in developing best practices for communication and collaboration.  To find out more about all of our Training & Coaching solutions, contact us at contact@timeo-performance.com or 6327 9218 today. 

Preferred vendor of Santa Fe Relocation Singapore 

We are proud to partner with Santa Fe Relocation Singapore to prepare inbound and outbound assignees for their next career step.

As a preferred vendor, we will provide career coaching and in partnership with Akteos Asia intercultural training for assignees coming to Singapore or leaving for another country.

 

Pick up the phone! 12 tips to overcome geographical, time and cultural bordersWed, 18 Apr 2018
Timeo-Performance and Akteos Asia preferred vendor of Asian Tigers MobilityWed, 18 Apr 2018
Lively discussions around “Best Practices for Intercultural Awareness and Recruiting”.Fri, 13 Apr 2018
Top finds across the web on 'Engagement, Millennials and Generation Z'Mon, 09 Apr 2018
5 Tips for Recruiting in Southeast Asia - we'll get you started!Fri, 06 Apr 2018
Learn about '6 Things to Know about Working in Singapore'Tue, 20 Mar 2018
Download our new Public Course Schedule (Apr-Sep 18)Tue, 13 Mar 2018
Informative evening @ SwedCham on 'Hiring foreign talent in Singapore'Mon, 12 Mar 2018
Read about Diversity & Inclusion, Office Housework and Gender Payment GapMon, 12 Mar 2018
Take a peek into our Innovation Business TrainingMon, 12 Mar 2018
Timeo-Performance and Akteos Asia preferred vendor of Santa Fe Relocation SingaporeTue, 27 Feb 2018