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Quicklook at Human Resources by Janet Tapsell

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Chapter Fourteen: The future

Globalisation

The operation of the world economy seems to be changing very quickly. If, as many expect, there is a major shift of economic power towards the “BRIC” countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) there will be pressure on Western employment practices. Particularly within the European Union the trend appears towards ever more protection and benefits for employees, including temporary ones. In some countries dismissals are hard to accomplish at all and when they are the process is often very expensive for the employer. It remains to be seen whether the model of assuming that protection generates commitment and therefore performance is sustainable in the face of competition in world markets. Employment practices ...

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