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  1. May 11, 2017

    I really enjoyed this post! It’s rare to see this kind of content about career. Having lived in different countries and worked in international companies I can say communication changes from country to country too. I’m French and currently live and work in London. Prior to this I worked in Germany. When I arrived in London, adjusting to the British way of communicating was hard. While French and German are usually direct, British people aren’t. It took me a while to decipher (literally) if someone meant to say yes or no or if my manager was satisfied or not with my work because they ‘sugar-coat’ a lot. On the other side, I sometimes appeared impolite when being direct because it’s not my habit to small talk before asking something. It always takes a while to find the right way to communicate but once it’s done, everything is much more easier.

    Thanks for a great read!


    1. May 12, 2017
      Chelsea Becker says

      Language/culture barrier is such a good point, Emmanuelle! I’m sure it’s a struggle to get on the same page sometimes. Thanks for pointing that out!

    2. May 12, 2017
      Ulrike says

      Being German living in the UK I constantly have this problem! Tricky!!

  2. May 12, 2017
    Ulrike says

    Ooooh, I so needed to read this today, after having had a bad day with a colleague. She snapped at me, across the room, “have you done this yet?” I hadn’t, and she had been aware that I hadn’t been feeling well the last couple of days.
    I will speak to my boss on Monday, to explain my problems, and not mention her!
    Thank you for your excellent advice!
    Ulrike xx

  3. May 13, 2017
    Gillian says

    Good post. I’ve been experiencing this a lot at my job lately. Unfortunately, I feel like I do not have anyone I can trust to discuss some of the concerns I’ve been having. I am not happy there anyway but these situations keep occurring and I cannot figure out a way to address them when all I want to do is quit.


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