Heather Rome, Formerly of DAI, and Asian Business Etiquette

Throughout her lengthy international career with Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI) and beyond, professional Heather Rome has had the opportunity to conduct business in Asia on multiple occasions. Her short-term assignments in the continent have taught her that business dealings in China, for example, require a specific set of etiquette standards. For international business professionals who plan to work in China, the following facts should be understood.

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  • When dressing for a business meeting in China, staying conservative is the key to not offending others. A person does not have to always wear formal attire, but business professional clothing is suggested. Women should refrain from showing too much skin, especially on the arms and legs. Men will find better acceptance if they wear business suits in dark colors.
  • There are many strict observances in China related to the business realm. However, Chinese professionals are aware of their cultural protocols and do not expect consummate perfection from outsiders. However, international business professionals who respect these customs and make an effort to implement them, even if they make a mistake, are often better received by the business community.
  • Personal relationships are important in the Chinese business culture. For someone who has never had business dealings in the country, being introduced through a mutual third party is very helpful. This provides the new business colleague a reference point via someone they already personally trust.
  • Lastly, Asian business practices are very fond of timely correspondence. To maintain a good working relationship with Asian businesses, make sure to correspond with them regularly. This level of cultural awareness and respect implemented during Heather Rome’s travels with DAI and beyond contributed to greater business success throughout Asia



Heather Rome, Formerly of DAI, and Emerging Markets Facts

During the near decade that Heather Rome spent working with Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI) she became more proficient in her interactions with emerging market countries. An emerging market is a country that has begun to offer investment and trade opportunities, but is still generally considered underdeveloped in comparison to other regions of the world. Investing in an emerging market can be a risk, however, that risk also offers the possibility of a big reward.

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  • The population of an emerging market plays a large role in determining the risk to reward ratio of investment. Currently, the top two emerging markets are India and China. Both countries are heavily populated. Nearly ninety percent of the world’s total population lives in an emerging market.
  • Investment in an emerging market is a door that swings both ways. A smart investor will look for opportunities to provide a consumable product to these markets, meeting a need or filling a demand that is yet untapped. The people living in emerging markets have the potential to become consumers of the new product, and those consumers will drive demand in looking for new products and services that an investor or global company may be able to provide.
  • For China and India, their position as an emerging market is due in part to the industrial revolutions that have been taking place over the last century. As the countries continue to grow, so may the number of residents with increased buying power for new consumer demands. Former DAI professional Heather Rome DAI enjoys working with emerging markets and countries that are growing.

Heather Rome, Formerly of DAI, and the Ergonomic Office

Former Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI) professional, Heather Rome, promotes working in an ergonomically designed office space. The concept of ergonomics is simple in that the goal is to allow an employee to work in an environment that is designed to promote comfort and efficiency. When these two items are made the focus of the office design and layout, the person’s productivity is higher. Here are the top tips for setting up an ergonomic office space.

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  • Many office workers, especially those who spend a good deal of time on a computer, can become physically fatigued if their body is not supported correctly during their routine tasks. Keeping the arms supported is crucial to proper ergonomics. When the arms are not supported by a desk or table at the correct height, strain is placed on the muscles of the arms, back, and neck. That muscle pain can lead to poor work efficiency.
  • A well designed chair that works with the desk or other workspace is also important. These two pieces of furniture should allow the individual to maintain a comfortable position that keeps the spine in alignment. If the employee needs to crane their head and neck too far in one direction, discomfort may quickly follow. This is commonly reported by many people who work on a laptop or portable electronic device without a proper desk and chair.
  • While it may look nicer to have a computer monitor set off to one side of the desk or angled on a corner, ergonomics may not support that decision. All viewing monitors should remain directly in front of the employee. The height of the monitor is also important, with the center of the device no higher than eye level. If the employee is forced to turn their head or strain hundreds of times per day to read their screen, neck problems may occur.
  • Ergonomics will also consider the toll the human eyes take from looking at a computer screen. When possible, a monitor should be placed in an area that does not allow for glare. A screen that is too close to the eyes or is in front of a window will be harder to see and may cause issues for the eyes that may lead to headaches and decreased performance.
  • The height of an employee’s chair is crucial to proper ergonomics. Their feet should never be allowed to hang from the chair, and instead should rest comfortably on the ground to support the legs and lower back. Former DAI professional, Heather Rome DAI , strives to make sure her office workspaces are ergonomically correct.