1.12 The Cross-Cultural Workplace: Learning from a Global Comparison
Thursday, October 19, 2017 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Venue: George R. Brown Convention Center
Room: 320A

Intuitively, we know that how we work, how we interact with each other, and how we use space differs across the globe. But is there a way to quantify how workplace expectations and needs differ globally? Is there a difference in how social relationships are valued? Does higher density equate to higher performance? As companies expand their business activities across borders, understanding how environments and cultures operate socially and spatially becomes more important than ever as one size or one global approach may no longer be appropriate. Gensler conducted the world’s largest series of workplace surveys in the U.S., U.K., Asia and Latin American totaling 11,200 respondents which was shared at IFMA World Workplace in 2016. As part two of their comprehensive research, a comparative global data analysis has recently been completed (to be released Summer 2017) that uncovers new connections between workplace environments and innovation in different parts of the world. They discovered that both environment and culture determine workplace expectations and uncovered key issues – from population density to cultural tolerance for hierarchy and socializing – driving both behavior and performance. The panel will present essential insights to spur interactive dialogue and invite you to share the unique differences in what you are seeing in your own global portfolio.

Learning Objectives/Outcomes:
Understand connection between workplace and innovation globally
Learn how environment and culture can determine different workplace expectations
Identify unique considerations in key global regions (U.S., U.K., Asia and LatAm)
Share your own insights through audience participation and learn from your peers
Levels of Learning
200 level
Topic Category:
Ms. Janet Pogue McLaurin, Principal, Gensler
Mr. Jose Luis Sanchez-Concha, Consulting Director, Latin America, Gensler