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We live in a multipolar world. The assumption that Western attitudes and behaviors will persist as the dominant workplace narrative is a damaging notion. Organizations should be conscious of Eastern management practices, workplace and workforce structures, and attitudes towards work. This will be especially important as non-Western companies gain traction and garner greater influence over the global marketplace. In a knowledge-intensive society, organizations will need to be aligned with the cultural tenets of growing, hyper-specialized talent pools coming from Asia and elsewhere to capitalize on high-quality people resources. Such future changes in behavioral norms will likely challenge and/or support several embedded taboos related to work such as stress, depression, behavioral expectations of employees, and the industrial-ownership mindset of shaping employee-employer relations.

Behavioral norms and taboo


The global workforce growth will ease