Chapter 7. GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES

Great Workplaces Around the World

Not too long ago, our German office considered making a change to one of the statements on our employee survey. The survey asks whether employees view their workplace as a "fun" place to work, but the German researchers in that office believed that an exact German translation of "fun" might not make sense from a German cultural-work perspective. They considered a series of other options, and determined that they would substitute "deep joy" for "fun." Weeks later, when the surveys were returned and reviewed, researchers noted an interesting pattern. While the word "fun" had indeed been changed in the survey itself, in the section where employees are invited to add commentary in their ...

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