Do you want to be satisfied by your job?
Interactions at work are important because they impact how people think, feel, and act, which can lead to being more or less satisfied with their jobs. Interactions with people from different cultures can be difficult; but, when they go well, they can be exciting and interesting and help employees feel satisfied by their jobs and even like they are thriving.
When looking at multiculturalism in the workplace and how it impacts satisfaction there are two perspectives. The first one, known as the culture as distance hypothesis, shows that culture brings out the differences in people and may cause problems with conflicts and communication, lowering satisfaction. On the other hand, the value-in-diversity perspective suggests that the differences in people create opportunities for learning and creativity, which could ultimately benefit satisfaction.
So, if you want to be satisfied AND work in a different country, be sure to adopt the right perspective! Focus on the challenges as learning opportunities and try to remain excited rather than upset by learning through these challenges. By doing so, you’ll be able to boost your job satisfaction and your sense of thriving while working in a different country.
Rozkwitalska, M., & Basinska, B. A. (2015). Job satisfaction in the multicultural environment of multinational corporations: Using the positive approach to empower organizational success. Baltic Journal of Management, 10(3), 366-387.