HR Incident Last - Alexis Brown November 7 th 2016...

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Alexis Brown November 7 th , 2016 Individual Exercise M/W 12:30-1:45PM 14-1. We’ve studied HR practices primarily in the U.S. context throughout this book. What are some of the challenges that HR professionals face when designing the following HR practices outside the U.S. context? a. Performance appraisal One challenge that HR professionals face when designing performance appraisals outside of the U.S. context is factor of cultural norms. Cultural norms influence the way performance appraisals are adopted and how an employee will react to the appraisal. Each culture has different aspects about it that affect how their employees will take performance appraisals. For example, in Asian cultures such as Japan, they have a very high power distance index, meaning that there is a significant difference between superiors and subordinates. It not very common that the two interact outside of the subordinate receiving orders from the superior. Feedback among the two is very rare and often unpleasant to both. In this culture performance feedback is uncommon because of their practice of saving face. Giving feedback, even negative feedback can cause a person in this culture to lose face with others. This is very unlike U.S. culture where performance feedback is embraced and often expected. Another challenge is information asymmetry. This refers to a difference in the quality and amount of information available to two or more individual groups. This challenge causes problems because it causes a disconnect between the two groups. The
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