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Human Resources Issues

The Peculiar Power of a Small Mind

By Tom Coyner

JoongAng Daily

May 4, 2008

 

Abstract

Korea’s concept of janmeori turns out to be shorthand for the strengths and weaknesses of its society.

 

 

Expectations of President-elect

By Tom Coyner

Korea Times

January 11, 2008

 

Abstract

Considering expatriate manager expectations of President-elect Lee Myung-bak with observations about Korea in general and managing Korean employees in specific, such as child care benefits value and appropriate style of supervision

 

 

Korean Legal Way of Hiring and Firing

By Tom Coyner

Korea Times

October 19, 2007

 

Abstract

Contrary to many foreigners' beliefs, one can fire a Korean employee -- but it can make a big difference by how one originally hired that employee.

 

 

Praise, at the Right Time, Can Make You a STAR

By Tom Coyner

Korea Times

August 24 2007

 

Abstract

Using praise at the right time and in a meaningful manner can both motivate employees and improve the chances for one's advancement.

 

 

How to Strengthen Manufacturing Competitiveness

By Tom Coyner

Korea Times

July 30, 2007

 

Abstract

Advice, including 14 pointers, on how to improve labor relations.

 

 

Women's Challenges in Korea's Work Environment

By Tom Coyner

Korea Times

July 13, 2007

 

Abstract

Korean women are stepping out of their homes and shops to take on greater managerial responsibilities.  But this evolution is a difficult one.

 

 

Multinational Corporate Compensation

By Tom Coyner

Korea Times

May 18, 2007

 

Abstract

Multinational corporations in Korea are caught between modern compensation trends and traditional expectations of their local employees.

 

 

Homegrown Management Patterns

By Tom Coyner

Korea Times

June 1, 2007

 

Abstract

Korean management philosophies continue and adjust as corporations carry on in their second generation.

 

 

Inscrutable Employee Loyalty in Korea

By Tom Coyner

Korea Times

April 4, 2007

 

Abstract

Korea's hardworking employees are discovered to be much less company loyal than assumed.

 

 

Korea's Evolving Pension Programs

By Tom Coyner

Korea Times

March 7, 2007

 

Abstract

Employers and employees consider moving on to more modern pension schemes at the Korean Government's urging.

 

 

Unions' Past Sheds Light on Present

By Tom Coyner

Korea Times

January 31, 2007

 

Abstract

A brief history of the Korean labor movement.

 

 

Basics of Hiring Korean Employees

by Tom Coyner

Korea Times

Oct. 11, 2006

 

Abstract

The practical consequences of hiring into the Korean social system are immense.

 

 

Letting Korean Employees Go

By Tom Coyner

Korea Times

Oct. 25, 2006

 

Abstract

Making staff adjustments in Korea is not easy -- especially for the expatriate manager who may be used to quicker methods of effecting the desired changes. It is good to remember that one is dealing with another social structure that views hasty action as imprudent.

 

 

Knowing The Korean Pay Scale

by Tom Coyner

Korea Times

September 27, 2006

 

Abstract

This is a high level survey of Korea’s more common pay practices and consider some of the evolving benefits schemes as of 2005~2006.

 

 

Compensate Your Korean Employees

by Tom Coyner

Korea Times

September 20, 2006

 

Abstract

It is imperative, therefore, that the expatriate manager be familiar with the Korean style of compensation and seek creative and constructive ways to initiate similar forms of reward.

 

 

Company Training Key to Integration

by Tom Coyner

Korea Times

July 25, 2006

 

Abstract

Training is not an option -- but it is often treated as if it were. Yet, now more than ever, there are opportunities to appropriately develop your staff in Seoul. In other words, there is no longer a valid reason not to do what is necessary for your success in Korea.

 

 

Find Right Person in Right Place

By Tom Coyner

Korea Times

June 20, 2006

 

Abstract

Conclude two-article high-level review on union relations, starting with a key position, the industrial relations manager, and ends with experienced executives’ top 20 suggestions

 

 

Getting Labor Relations Correct

By Tom Coyner

Korea Times

June13, 2006

 

Abstract

Overview of the basics of positive and effective means of working with Korean labor unions.  This is the first part of a two-part essay.

 

 

Rationale Behind Koreans’ Illogical Behaviors

by Tom Coyner

Korea Times

July 18, 2006

 

Abstract

What may seem to be irrational behavior to the outsider can be brutally logical to Koreas middle managers.

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