Do I or my staff know anything about the country?
Going to settle and work in another country for a short or long period is quite a different experience to a holiday.
And “Just because you speak the foreign language doesn’t mean you think the culture. This is also true for the English language which is spoken by people in different continents with completely different cultures.“
The pressure of staff assigned abroad to focus on their career rather than on intercultural skills, tends to ignore the psychological problems they and their families have when dealing with a foreign culture.
The same applies to those who repatriate back home after a long time and are not updated on changes which will have occurred in their home country. Change is fast in today’s world.
How does the expatriate tackle local every day problems? And what about the “does” and “don’ts”? How do you deal with the culture shock? Do I require country briefing?
There are three main areas:
– social practices.
– business practices
|Having more insight and being open to new situations|
|Feeling more at ease and at home|
|Being prepared to deal with the unexpected|
- Capability 1
- – as an expatriate
- Capability 2
- – through personal experience
- Capability 3
– through good communication.
- Your mentor is the person who knows both cultures well: