Working In Malaysia – Some Points To Consider
‘Culture shock’ describes a process where a person leaves a country they have been living in for a long time and is then confronted by another way of doing things in their new country which may seem strange or unfamiliar. Culture shock will be experienced by all new expats to some degree – some people will be able to deal with this phenomenon better than other people.
Working and living in Malaysia comes with its own brand of ‘culture shock’. However, there are several steps which can be taken to make sure that you assimilate into the same mode of doing things as everyone else. Don’t take an attractive job vacancy in Malaysia without understanding the work culture first. Read this guide in order to find out more.
Fast-Paced Work Environment
The work environment in Malaysia is extremely fast-paced, no matter which sector you happen to be employed in. Employers can be extremely forthright in their criticism if they feel that a task has not been completed on time or to the required standard. Channels of communication must be constantly open throughout the workday so that information can be relayed in a straightforward manner.
Courtesy And Respect At All Times
In some western countries, levels of decorum in the workplace may be extremely relaxed. Sometimes this can lead to co-workers treating each other as friends rather than colleagues. However, standards of workplace etiquette are extremely high so a high level of decorum must be maintained at all times. Remember to maintain your cool when dealing with Malaysian colleagues. Displays of anger are looked down upon as a loss of face and must be avoided at all costs. Problems and disputes should be handled in an ordered and respectful manner.
Role Of Women In The Workplace
Traditionally, Malaysia is an extremely conservative society meaning that men have tended to dominate high-powered positions in the workplace. However, due to Malaysia’s excellent education system, more opportunities are opening up for young women who are trying to get their foot in the door of their chosen career. Don’t be surprised to see fewer women in management roles than you would do in the West. Expat women who have forged careers and had the same level of education as their male counterparts will stand the same chance of landing their preferred roles.
Workers’ Rights In Malaysia
Employee rights are growing in Malaysia to rapidly match those which are enjoyed by workers in such neighbouring countries as Hong Kong and Singapore. It is best to not get involved in the work disputes that your colleagues have with their managers because this could complicate the matter further.
Make sure you research your employee rights fully before taking a job in Malaysia and remember to always read the small print before you sign a contract on the dotted line. Employers will be only too happy to address any concerns that you might have regarding your contract agreement.
Hopefully, this guide has prepared you for the different facets of working life in Malaysia.