For many professionals, relocating to another country can cause their productivity to suffer due to the mental, emotional and physical effects of culture shock. This can cause frustration, disorientation and overall unhappiness to the employee and their family as well as cause their employer to potentially lose a valuable employee. Culture shock is precipitated by the anxiety that results from losing all familiar signs and symbols of social intercourse. These signs are the thousand and one ways in which we orient ourselves to the situations of daily life: when to shake hands and what to say when we meet people, when and how to give tips, how to give orders to servants, how to make purchases, when to accept and when to refuse invitations, when to take statements seriously and when not…
These cues, which may be words, gestures, facial expressions, customs, or norms are acquired by all of us in the course of growing up and are as much a part of our culture as the language we speak or the beliefs we accept. All of us depend for our peace of mind and our efficiency on hundreds of these cues, most of which are unconsciously learned.
When an individual enters a strange culture, all or most of these familiar cues are removed. He or she is like a fish out of water. No matter how broad-minded or full of good will he may be, a series of props have been knocked from under him. This is followed by a feeling of frustration and anxiety. People react to the frustration in much the same way. First they reject the environment which causes the discomfort: “the ways of the host country are bad because they make us feel bad.”
Don’t let these down feelings get the best of you and ruin what could be an otherwise life-changing experience. There are some ways to deal with culture shock before and after it happens 🙂
We can provide a customized program for you focuses on cultural adjustment issues in the local context as well as practical issues related to everyday life in the target culture. Our Training for Relocation focuses on cultural adjustment issues in the local context as well as practical issues related to everyday life in the target culture. We will give you an accurate portrayal of the possible lifestyles in your target destination as well as guidelines and tools on how to adapt and deal with the cultural differences. This training will also help them avoid misunderstandings based on cultural differences, which is critical to their success in the workplace and at home. Learning about the new environment will speed their transition and ease any concerns associated with unfamiliar surroundings…read more