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Integrating Foreign-Trained Professionals into your Organization As foreign-trained technology professionals (FTPs) are increasingly recognized as an invaluable resource for Canadian companies, we talked with author Lionel Laroche, Ph.D., about the employer perspective and their strategies for integrating FTPs into their workforce. 10 | SPRING 2016 | TECHNOLOGY ALBERTA What are the advantages for companies hiring foreign-trained professionals? My experience is that hiring FTPs is a double-edged sword: It brings both challenges and opportunities. In most cases, the challenges come first, because working with people who are different from us takes more time initially. In the worst-case scenarios, people experience misunderstandings and frustration - leading to rework, difficult working relationships, missed deadlines and dissatisfied customers. However, once people have learned to communicate effectively with one another and have found a way to build trust among them, then they can get to the opportunities - specifically creativity and innovation that having people with different perspectives on the same problem can bring to their organization. What are common HR challenges when integrating FTPs in a company? In technical fields, one plus one is two. In human resources and management, one plus one can be one, two or three depending on how the two people involved work together. Simply put, two people can have the output of one person if they're working against each other. If working in parallel and ignoring each other, you get the output of two people. But when you have two people build on each other's ideas - managing cultural differences effectively - you get the productivity of three because they create solutions that neither of them could have created on their own.

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