Understanding the importance of managing expectations
How to manage your expectations at work
When it comes to your new job, is crucial. It is very common for expats on assignments to step into a higher role with additional responsibilities, leading to higher expectations and usually a bigger workload. Before your move, speak to your boss about what you can expect and if there is anything specific that you should spend time on preparing for your role.
Have you set unrealistic work expectations?
If you have already started the job and it is not , be honest with yourself and the expectations you have set. Are they realistic and achievable? If you feel they are, speak to your managers about how things usually work. If there are other expats in your new team, ask them about their own experiences joining and how they managed their roles.
Take your time to slowly adjust to your new environment
The can be really difficult, and you might find yourself more disappointed with the outcome than you had anticipated. But all good things take time, try and stay open to new experiences as you adjust. Don’t let your expectations stop you from enjoying your experience abroad. Shifting your perspective can change everything.
Speak to other expats
Chances are that other expats who have come before you have faced similar experiences with their own expectations set before embarking on life abroad. who have overcome these challenges can help you accept that expat life can be messy. Their experiences can also help you navigate your own expat challenges.
Accept that you will face cultural differences
Maybe the culture is different than you expected, or maybe the new city is not as it seemed online. No matter how much you prepare, your new home is still going to feel uneasy at first. Facing a completely new culture, work environment and social structure will be challenging, but take your time with it. Your preparation and research will help you stay confident with your choice when the inevitable feelings of creep up on you.
You might have more time alone in the first couple of months of your new assignment. Make some time for yourself to . Moving your body and getting out for some fresh air every day is proven to boost low moods. Why not join a local gym or try a new workout class to get yourself moving? Looking after your wellbeing also requires some downtime. Make sure you get enough regular quality sleep and spend time on things that bring you joy.