In this post I would like to share some thoughts on differences between work ethic in India and the United States. These are just some lessons I have learnt the hard way, lessons I wish someone had told me when I was new to States after 10+ years of working in India. These are only generalizations and by no means 100 percent true but perhaps would serve as a guideline for people heading to the States to work from India. And to my mind some guideline is better than nothing J
The Indian work ethic is largely based upon
The American work ethic is based upon
Let us look at some common situations one faces in our industry –
There are lessons one learns from either cultures – in almost every job I have been in the States I have tried to encourage team spirit. I regard that as the most valuable lesson I learnt from my jobs in India and have tried to carry over some of that. The single most important lesson I have learnt from the American work ethic is that work is done primarily in return for money and while having due regard for loyalty and commitment, it is also important to evaluate periodically if you are not giving too much. In times when job security and other cultural norms are slowly becoming a thing of the past that might be a good lesson in India too.
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Truly highlighted the differences, interesting thoughts ... keep them coming