Culture shock jolts 60pct of foreign workers in Vietnam

23-Aug-2019 Intellasia | HanoiTimes | 6:02 AM Print This Post

The survey on “Overseas candidates: Expectation and challenges when working in Vietnam” was carried out on overseas respondents from different continents and working positions.

As many as 60 percent of foreign respondents, who are working in Vietnam experience culture shock regarding “social value system” due to the lack of preparation through special training courses for foreigners, the Thanh Nien newspaper cited a recent survey from Navigos, a human resource firm.

The survey on “Overseas candidates: Expectation and challenges when working in Vietnam” was carried out on overseas respondents from different continents and working positions.

Accordingly, top three causes leading to the culture shock among foreign workers are language barrier, which accounts for 29 percent, the contrast between expectation and reality including environment, local culture and relationships makes up 27 percent and lack of understanding represents 18 percent.

The respondents also mentioned difficulties in communicating with other people, lack of support and cohesion with local social community, difficulties in integrating with the new environment and local culture as well as the feelings of loneliness and isolation for the lack of interaction.

Meanwhile, three factors are considered the most advantageous when working in Vietnam are chances to gain new experiences in work and life, better income but the lower cost of living compared to other countries and better geopolitical security.

However, 30 percent of respondents chose Vietnam as the most desirable workplace, ranking the country the first among the South Asian countries while 24 percent of expats in Singapore, 17 percent in Thailand and 8 percent in Malaysia said so about their countries of residence.

The survey also elaborated that 50 percent foreigners want to work in Vietnam to experience the local culture and working environment, half of them are interested in the culture while other 24 percent want to work in new markets. Foreign respondents said that they do not aspire to obtain higher promotion in Vietnam.

Although they are satisfied with Vietnamese incentive and welfare policies, 53 percent said that their countries have better policies while 26 percent considered Vietnam’s better and 19 percent believed there’s almost no difference.

Navigos forecast that the demand for foreign workers in Vietnam will continue increasing by over 20 percent in the coming years due to the emergence of several fields while the domestic manpower has not responded yet in both quantity and quality.

http://www.hanoitimes.vn/economy/2019/08/81E0DAE5/culture-shock-jolts-60-of-foreign-workers-in-vietnam/

 


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