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Adjusting Workflow - Intercultural management

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What is meant by the need to adjust to the flow of the workday?

How does this apply to doing business in Central and South America? Give examples.

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1). What is meant by adjusting the flow of the workday?

Adjusting the flow of the workday is a method by which many cultures adapt their working conditions toward their personal interests. In other words, in many cultures in the world, they work hours and take breaks that are much more flexible than the American standards placed in their facilities. Adjusting the flow of the workday is a means by which management can try to increase morale and productivity through pacing the workday toward a common schedule that fits the employees' culture. The ability to do this will pay off large dividends for global companies trying to retain local talent. There are ...

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Adjusting the flow of the workday is a method by which many cultures adapt their working conditions toward their personal interests. In other words, in many cultures in the world, they work hours and take breaks that are much more flexible than the American standards placed in their facilities. Adjusting the flow of the workday is a means by which management can try to increase morale and productivity through pacing the workday toward a common schedule that fits the employees' culture. The ability to do this will pay off large dividends for global companies trying to retain local talent. There are also numerous case study's that focus on lean manufacturing that have tested adjusting work flows to help meet expectations of the organization. One great example of this is the Toyota Motor Company in Japan.

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