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UNITED STATES TRAILS JAPAN IN PEOPLE MANAGEMENT, SURVEY FINDS

 UNITED STATES TRAILS JAPAN IN PEOPLE MANAGEMENT, SURVEY FINDS
 MENLO PARK, Calif., March 18 /PRNewswire/ -- There may be widespread disagreement on whether Japanese or U.S. workers are more productive, but when it comes to people management skills, most top U.S. managers believe Japan is number one.
 According to a recent survey, 53 percent of U.S. executives said that Japan is most effective when it comes to managing people, while only 33 percent gave the United States the top ranking.
 The survey was developed by Robert Half International, the world's largest personnel firm specializing in the accounting, financial and information systems fields. It was conducted among 200 executives of the nation's 1,000 largest companies by an independent research firm.
 Respondents were asked: Which nation do you think is perceived as most effective when it comes to managing people? Their response:
 Japan 53 percent
 United States 33 percent
 Germany 6 percent
 France 1.5 percent
 United Kingdom 0.5 percent
 Other/Don't Know 6 percent
 Total 100 percent
 "The debate over whether Japan or the United States is superior in such areas as work ethic and productivity is clearly far from settled," said Max Messmer, chairman and CEO of Robert Half International Inc.
 "Despite irritation with some of Japan's trade practices, many U.S. businesses admire the country's ability to manage its human resources and to emerge as a world economic power in a relatively short time."
 There are more than 150 Robert Half International offices in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Europe.
 NOTE: A similar Robert Half International survey conducted recently among executives in the United Kingdom also found Japan most effective at managing people (42.2 percent). However, Germany (28.4 percent), not the United States (17.6 percent), ranked second. The United Kingdom (10.2 percent) came in fourth. Norway (1.0 percent) rounded off the top five.
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 /CONTACT: Lynn Taylor, 415-854-9700, or Marc Silbert, 516-767-3700, both of Robert Half International Inc./ CO: Robert Half International Inc. ST: California; New York IN: SU:


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