There are many reasons to be confused when you work in a new country. There may be more or less formality than what you are used to. Promotions, expectations of reward and how to interact with clients all vary from country to country. And this is only the tip of the iceberg!
People’s family lives can be upset with all the values differences, schedule changes, the newness and the stress of unfamiliarity. Gender roles may change. Children's relationship to their parents can be strained. All these home stresses impact the workplace too.
Then there is the question of religious accommodations. How does that apply to your situation?
You may be unused to the way Canadians solve conflicts, wonder what your rights are, or be faced with discrimination.
These sensitive issues are explained in Work and Culture Online Theme 3.
You will gain many useful insights into how to avoid making career-sabotaging mistakes, as well as tips on how to negotiate the many differences you could experience in a multicultural workforce.
Insights into how to negotiate values and gender clashes will help settle and calm your home life.
Sections in Work and Culture Online Theme 3: Sensitive workplace issues are:
Section G: Formalities and expectations of rewards
Section H: Sensitive issues: gender expectations and religious differences
Section I: Mistakes at work, conflict resolution and dealing with discrimination