April 2011

Spotlight – In international business, almost every market around the world does things in a different way. This often leads to misunderstandings and unfulfilled expectations. However, different does not need to mean difficult and knowledge of the needs and characteristics of specific geographic markets is an advantage to those who are active in the global economy. These articles help you understand different aspects of the insurance industry around the world, enabling those who do business there to feel more “at home, abroad.”

People say that the world we live in is getting smaller and smaller and that is not just because there are more people on the planet and the number is rising. No, it is because of people’s familiarity with places far and wide. More than ever before, people are travelling the globe: just look at plans for airport expansion! Also, more people are living and working abroad. There are some very good websites which anticipate many questions and concerns of expatriates but they can sometimes be a bit general. I know from personal experience how daunting it can be when starting to live and work in another country and how handy it can be if someone can set out clearly and concisely, for example, what benefits your new employer will have arranged on your behalf. Every country is different and Employee Benefit News (http://ebn.benefitnews.com/) has published a series of very informative and easy to read articles on subjects like this. We are grateful to Employee Benefits News and their charming writer, Emily Chardac to be able to publish: “Top questions foreign workers should ask their U.S. employer” and any comments or questions should be addressed to emily.chardac@gmail.com             

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