Working Abroad: Common Mistakes Most People Will Make

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If you’re an expat, there’s a lot of room for error, especially when you’re going out of your home country for the first time. And most people are guilty of making those mistakes. While some of them aren’t all that bad and you can fix easily, others might make you an undesirable person in the area you’re living in. So, if you’re looking to work abroad, and move to a different country, let’s take a look at some of the most common mistakes people make, so you know to avoid them. They Don’t Learn the Language With sites such as https://www.livelingua.com/ available for you to very easily learn foreign languages, there’s no way to justify why you didn’t do that. Knowing the language in the country you’ll be working in is important for everything from being able to understand your work, to buying groceries and meeting new people. We aren’t saying that you must become an expert in those two months you have before you leave. But it’s good to have at least a good understanding of the language, there are a few reasons why. The other big mistake here is that people also can’t find the confidence to speak the language when they’re there. This is another problem, but what they’re forgetting is that people know you are a foreigner – they don’t expect you to know it perfectly. But making the effort to speak it is often worth a lot in the eyes of the locals, and chances are they’ll be helpful if you want to learn it better. They Act Like a Traveler This is absolutely okay when you’re in a country for a couple of days. But if you’ll be working abroad, and if you’ll be spending a bit of time there, acting like a traveler is a mistake. You shouldn’t be feeling like you’re just getting by. Instead, you should do everything you can to make yourself comfortable. Find yourself a good bar somewhere in your neighborhood. Be frequent there, get to know the people that work there, and the ones that are regulars. Find out where you can get some good food, especially the things you like. Get to know the owners of your neighborhood shops. This will make you feel a lot more comfortable. They Overpack, By Quite a Bit Unless you’ll be moving in the middle of the jungle, chances are you will find plenty of shops in your new home. Yes, if you’ve got yourself a favorite perfume you’ve been using for a good while, it might be tempting to pack five of them, just to make sure you never run out of them while you’re abroad. However, the smart thing to do would be to actually find a local version of those things you love. Not only will things be much simpler, but that’s also a part of making that new country your home, at least temporarily. They Only Make English-speaking Friends [caption id="attachment_657" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Copyright: Pexels | CC0 Public Domain[/caption] We’ve all been there. You go to a foreign country, and you aren’t at all comfortable with using their language. So you only make friends with people who know English. That’s not something you should be doing. Instead, be persistent. Even if you know you can easily get lost in discussions, say yes when you’re invited somewhere. All you need to do is show your intention of friendship, and you’ll find that people will enjoy your company, even though you don’t speak their language very well. They Don’t Make Any Expat Friends When you’re in a new country, you will find yourself constantly ranting about the way things are. It doesn’t have to mean that things are worse. But they’ll be different, and nobody likes changes at first. Where you might get stuck, is the fact that locals are used to those things, and you can’t really complain to them about it because they don’t see it as a problem. The solution? Find another person who’s working abroad. Whether it’s someone who’s there short term, or someone who has been living there for years, get someone you can complain to about these things. Sooner rather than later, you’ll find yourselves reminding each other that your lives are actually pretty great. They Fail to Realize the Reverse Culture Shock When you first set foot in your new home, there’s an unavoidable culture shock. There are things you won’t be able to get used to for a while, and that may seem tricky. However, the same thing applies once you do get used to things, when you need to get back home. Reverse culture shock is a thing. When you come back home, you realize that you don’t really feel like you’re 100% at home. But after a while, you just realize that it’s not a bad thing, and you learn to enjoy it.
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Na čo si dajte pozor pri zamestnávaní mileniálov?

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Pracujú u vás mileniáli, mladí kolegovia vo veku 25 až 36 rokov, ktorí patria do tzv. generácie Y? Prečítajte si, ako hodnotia súčasné pracoviská a čo im u zamestnávateľov najviac chýba. Chcete im nastaviť zaujímavý odmeňovací systém? Ktoré benefity sú pri tejto skupine zamestnancov najpreferovanejšie? Odpovede na tieto otázky sme zisťovali cez nástroj Data Research od medzinárodného platového prieskumu Paylab.com, ktorý prevádzkuje spoločnosť Profesia.
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Why are people increasingly sensitive to how much they earn?

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On the labour market, our career performance is valued by our salary and this money is spent on the things we need and want. The amount of our salary has a multitude of effects on our everyday life and its quality. There are even studies that have examined the connection between salary and personal happiness. According to the international salary portal, salary is still one of the most important criteria when considering a new job and survey results show that finding a better paying job tends to be a more effective strategy than negotiating a higher salary from a current employer. Why are people increasingly sensitive to how much they earn? Why is a salary such a critical part of our lives?
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Bitten by the Travel Bug – 5 Strange Feelings Connected with Holidays

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Taking an opportunity to "unplug" can be very appealing to employees in the face of a crush of work responsibilities. But did you actually know that holidays are also connected with stress or unexpected strange feelings? Tourists from Japan, The United States or Canada may enjoy holidays differently as they have fewer statutory vacation days per year compared to European standards. We might say they are under even more time pressure to ensure they get their desired relaxation Paylab analysis showed that in some countries, however, going on holiday is a true luxury. The proportion of days off per year can also multiply the stress connected with a vacation. Have you ever experienced any of the following strange feelings when you are "out of office"?
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How does a university degree influence pay?

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Your education is likely to affect your children’s future direction. Various research has suggested that when parents have a university education, it’s very likely that their children will also study at college. Whilst children from weaker social environments - mainly due to their parents' attitudes - have lower overall aims and chances for a better life. Higher education is an opportunity for many young people to make a positive change and combat poverty. But is it really worth investing the time, energy and money in university studies? Paylab.com has set out to answer these questions from the wider perspective.
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How to reward and increase employee loyalty?

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When a company decides to hire new employees, educates them, invests in a probation period and all the requisite technologies, understandably, it expect staff to stay as long as possible. But there is always churn. The Paylab Loyalty Report shows that, in general, loyal employees working for one employer for more than 5 years are in the minority on the labour market at only 27.5%. The largest group is those who are employed for less than 2 years. Attitudes of Millennials and Generation Z are even more complicated, because they have a tendency to consider their career challenges more often and look for opportunities elsewhere. What specific action steps can employers take in order to retain employees on board longer? How many employees do receive loyalty bonus?
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7 tips how to narrow the gender gap

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Only 6% of women are ranked among the best paid employees. For the sake of comparison, as many as 13% of working men belong to this group. At present, there is a lot of debate about the unequal remuneration of men and women. This phenomenon is rather complex and Paylab portal  has focused on 7 areas which significantly help reduce salary differences. In any case, Paylab’s advice to women is that one of the best weapons in the struggle against salary dissatisfaction is to regularly monitor salaries for the same work position and to assertively negotiate salary terms.
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Trends in health benefits and employee health programmes

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Companies care about keeping their employees fit and motivate them towards a healthy lifestyle with many non-financial benefits. Large employers in particular try and do everything they can in terms of supporting health and prevention to contribute to the right lifestyle among their people. Corporate employee care now incorporates health programmes to support healthy habits among company employees. Essentially, this is risk management in favour of a healthy workplace. Companies engage in these programmes voluntarily and often invest large amounts of money in them.
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Do you want to know how much your work colleagues earn?

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You are not alone. Nearly three-quarters of employees would want to know how high paycheck of their colleagues is. Salaries and wages remain a taboo subject in European countries. Companies usually try to keep pay details secret and very few employers publish salary and wage details in their job adverts. But companies are starting to drive some iniciatives to convince the workers that their company remuneration is fair. Are you sure that your remuneration is treated fairly compared to other colleagues in your company?
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Why is referral bonus so popular?

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Did you recommend your friend or acquaintance to your HR department for hiring? In some companies you can receive as a reward for such a service some financial or non-financial benefits. Companies begun to reward employees if they help bring new and skilled help into the firm. Referral bonuses are a good way for companies to build a community among employees. It is in the employee's own best interests to recommend a high-quality candidate as they are personally engaged in the entire process.
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