Working and living in a foreign country can be exciting and rewarding while at the same time both you and your family will learn a great deal about how other cultures live, work and play. With a little planning and knowledge of a foreign countries culture and way of doing business your time in the foreign country can be very successful and rewarding as well.
Here are a few things that you should keep in mind when you’re planning to do business and contemplate living in a foreign country.
Always investigate the number of state-owned companies and privately owned companies in the sphere of business that you plan to operate. Every culture is different and has a different view of when to do business.
Male-female relationships are often handled differently than your own country both on and off the job. Be very careful how you view female to male relationships in a foreign country. Investigate how and when you should use titles and surnames in business, in private situations as well as in public situations.
Every company as well as society evaluates people by their hierarchy in their business context. You should try to understand both if you will be the host in your country and your position. Understand what the view is and how you should handle yourself in private life versus public life.
You may find that your working space is quite different from the working space that you had in your home country. Check with other in country expats to confirm standards.
Multinational companies and most business people are accustomed to dealing with foreigners. There are a few things to keep in mind:
Security in every country, especially in large cities should be taken very seriously. Use common sense in avoiding risky situations, remember that you are in a busy city.
Avoid, especially at night, carrying valuable jewelry or carrying valuable objects. Try to remember that the assailant is probably as scared as you are and it will not hurt you if you give in to what he is asking for. If you see someone who has run into trouble, do not interfere, but try making plenty of noise to frighten the attacker away.
Avoid places such as tunnels, quiet alleyways, jostling crowds and dark corners. Stay away from the beaches at night and stay away from any slums at anytime of the day. You must investigate the expected behavior between women and men in your host country. You should also investigate social etiquette and protocol. Understand the laws regarding alcohol, drugs and nightlife.