10 Ways to Adjust in a New Multicultural Workplace

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<ul><li><p>10 Ways to Adjust in a New Multicultural Workplace </p><p>Relocating abroad can be exciting especially if its what youve desired. Now </p><p>youve received a letter from your local office nominating you to represent the </p><p>company abroad. The role however requires a certain professional skill, exposure </p><p>and a high level of competence. You seize the offer with both hands and sign off </p><p>on the acknowledgment. </p><p>Embedded in the whole sensation of the new experience, you begin to worry about </p><p>your coping abilities in a new multicultural environment especially if its your first </p><p>offshore assignment. Issues like where to stay, adjusting to new meals, temperature </p><p>and time differences, your loved ones begin to becloud your excitementNot to </p><p>worry, these relocation tips can help you adjust properly into your new environment </p><p>and perform optimally. </p><p> 1. Do a Research on the New Environment: Research to get familiar with the socio-</p><p>ethnic life style of the people youll be interacting with. Times have past where </p><p>you get embarrassed by culture shock. Virtually everything you need to know is </p><p>available on the internet. Google searching online can go a long way. Look out </p><p>for behavioural pattern of the people and simple greeting pattern so you don t </p><p>step on toes relating the wrong way. In Italy, you greet relatives and close friends </p><p>with two kisses starting from the left, in France; you start from the right with three </p><p>or four confirmed by Alessandro Fais in his blog. In Nigeria you greet by shaking </p><p>hands in a formal settingIn an informal setting you prostrate for Yoruba </p><p>gentlemen and kneel for women. Similar greeting pattern goes for the Igbo and </p><p>Hausa tribe. </p></li><li><p> 2. Get a Travel Guide: Search for a travel guide and a map of the country, most </p><p>travel guides have maps in them...You can get them at the consulates or tour </p><p>guide office when you arrive the country but this is not advisableSurf for these </p><p>resources online. Look to get familiar with Land marks, get to know the name of </p><p>prominent places. Start with airports most especially the one youll be arriving at. </p><p>Get to know seaports if the country is surrounded by water, get to know available </p><p>water channels you mustnt cram their names as some sea ports may be </p><p>named in a local language you could find difficult to memorise. Look out for </p><p>train stations and its connecting routes to cities and towns, this very important in </p><p>order to avoid taking routes that are way off your travel path. Along the way you </p><p>can pick up names of major cities, hubs and other notable destinations. </p><p> 3. Get to know the Work Ethics of your New Office Since youve been transferred </p><p>from one geographical location to another. Its expected that the code of </p><p>conduct and other company policies would be similar. However, if its a new </p><p>company, seek to establish relationships with a few staff ahead of time. Ask </p><p>questions pertaining to working hours, staff etiquettes and job expectations. Be </p><p>tactical to inquire about staff welfare and disciplinary procedures. This would </p><p>prepare you ahead on what to expect so you dont look like a novice hiding </p><p>your tails between your legs in your new work space. </p><p> 4. Verify Work Permits Status Ahead of time Before you Leave Most countries are </p><p>strict about their immigration control laws and ensure immigrants adhere strictly </p><p>to guidelines concerning this. It advisable to sort this out with your local office </p><p>before you travel. Some countries like the US insists you must apply for a special </p><p>work permit or a A right to work permit for non-US nationals before youre </p><p>eligible for employment. Employers who violate these laws are usually </p><p>sanctioned. Ensure this is clarified before you leave your country. </p><p> 5. Sort out Accommodation Concerns: This depends on youYour budget would </p><p>determine where youll stay. If your company is responsible for your </p><p>accommodation, theres little to worry about. If you are to cater for your staying </p><p>expenses, its advisable to get an agent on time to help you look out for an </p><p>accommodation options with fair rates. During summer, rents are on a high side </p><p>compared to spring and winter. Searching ahead of time in any season or city of </p><p>your choice would help keep your budget tidy. </p><p> 6. Contact your Agent to Confirm Arrangements: A follow up on your </p><p>accommodation status and other settling plans would not be a bad idea, </p><p>communicate frequently with your agent for updates or for changes where </p><p>necessary. Factor in time zone differences to know when to put call through to </p><p>your agent. Chatting apps like Whatsapp, Instagram and the likes have simplified </p><p>the process at little or no cost. </p><p> 7. Tighten Loose Ends: As your departure time approaches, reconfirm your flight </p><p>date, time, departure terminal to avoid last minute mix-ups. You will have this </p><p>information stated on your booking ticket. Check your luggage to ensure it meets </p><p>up with the airline policy. Verify any other personal items you may wish to travel </p><p>with to ensure it doesnt violate air travel regulatory standards. </p></li><li><p> 8. Get your family Involved in the Planning Process: Family is an integral part of your </p><p>life include them in your plans and ask for their help and support in this </p><p>relocation process. Share your excitement, concerns or fears with them. Theyll </p><p>be glad to support you. </p><p>9. Settle Communication Arrangements with your Loved Ones: Make clear </p><p>arrangement on how to communicate with your loved ones. In as much as youre </p><p>excited, they love you and would surely miss you especially when they know youll </p><p>be away for a long time. It even becomes sad when your time zones dont match. </p><p>Be sure to plan on how to reach them periodically. </p><p>10. Get Yourself Checked Medically Before Leaving your Country: This is equally </p><p>important as you may have some unknown micro-organisms resident in your blood </p><p>stream. Its important youre checked to eliminate them before you travel. Include </p><p>some antibiotics, antimalarial medications in your luggage in case your body reacts </p><p>to changes in temperature or the environment. </p><p>On arrival, be alert but calm; go through your check-out process. Surely your </p><p>settling plans will fall into place. Take time to rest after youve arrived. Show </p><p>up on time on your resumption date at work. </p><p>By: Chinedu Ozulumba </p><p>Author Name: Eddu Oz </p><p>Blog: www.aspirebyforce.com </p><p>file:///H:/ASPIRE%20Docs/ARTICLES/www.aspirebyforce.com</p></li></ul>