Globalization has certainly changed the landscape of the workforce in the Netherlands. Never before has the labor force been so diverse.
This diversity brings with it its own set of challenges for both the manager and the managed. Having lived and worked overseas I have seen that there are two extremely important aspects of working in another country. These two things are essential if we want to learn how to develop our leadership careers.
This can relate to language acquisition. In any organization learning to communicate with your team is of the utmost importance. You will need to know how you will communicate with your team. English is widely spoken in the business world, but some of your team members may not speak or understand fluently.
Understand that with diverse teams miscommunication can cost the organization money, and create frustration for both parties.
If you want to work in the Netherlands I suggest some Dutch lessons could be appropriate. This will also come in handy if you need to order food at a restaurant or find a restroom.
A culturally diverse talent pool will need to learn to gel as a team. To better prepare for a career abroad, please take the time to learn a little bit about the culture of the Netherlands, and if possible of those you will work with.
It is so easy for people from different cultures to unknowingly offend someone else.
You will be surprised that some common gestures for you are offensive to someone of another culture. As professionals it is important to invest in your future by learning about the holidays, religions, food, and other aspects of their culture. This will help you in your professional career, will expand your knowledge base, and it will be fun too.
For more information on developing your leadership career in the Netherlands, please check our website: http://www.udiversecoaching.com/coaching
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About U Diverse’s founder:
Magali Toussaint is the founder of ‘U-Diverse’. She is a certified Talent Acquisition Strategist, an ICF-certified Leadership Consultant, a Career Coach, a Cross-Cultural Trainer, and a Job Search Strategist with an extensive career in Recruitment, HR, Diversity, as well as Education. She has lived and worked in over four countries and speaks French, English, and Dutch fluently. Read More...