Mixed white-collar workers in Australia? Those unspoken rules only found in Australian offices
"Chinatown"-Official media of Chinese Australians
Today, the editor will talk with you about workplace issues: you can avoid embarrassment for newcomers in the workplace, or unintentional mistakes in the human-machine relationship caused by rifts or misunderstandings.
1. Do what you should do
Those who just go to work in China will obey the tea and pour water. Don’t be lazy when sweeping the floor and wiping the table, especially the manager’s work.
There is really no need to do this in Australia. Australia pays attention to equality. Even the manager pours water and buys coffee by himself. Some high-level directors have their own PA specializing in various logistics and are willing to pour some water by themselves and chat with colleagues in the pantry. If you want, you can ask when buying coffee. It's also polite, but it's not your job.
The company invites you to clarify what you should do in your job description. You don't have to do it if you buy coffee or logistics are not in your responsibility.
Of course, there are individual all rounder or small companies who also want to do office admin, so you may need to do things like sending and receiving letters, replenishing tea bags, coffee drinks, etc. admin, of course, these will also be clear in the job description.
When working in Australia, be careful not to move the domestic office stuff over. The difference in office culture is likely to make what you think is reasonable.
Therefore, in the office, do a good job of tasks that are not within your scope of responsibility, so try not to involve them. Of course, it is necessary to maintain a positive attitude towards everything, but this positivity must be based on a highly recognized emotional intelligence.
Before going to work, you can ask what the HR company's dress code is. Most of the firm is still formal, and most of the commercial is smart casual.
Boys, usually formal suits and ties, smart casual means shirts and trousers without a tie, it is best not to wear jeans and sneakers, a little too casual.
Girls, formal are also shirts and suits. You can wear skirts or trousers, flat shoes and high heels, but don’t be too tall like a catwalk show, it’s not necessary; smart casual doesn’t have to wear a suit. But it should be noted that:
a) Don't wear shorts and short skirts, especially if you don't wear any bottoming socks to show white legs. Avoid.
b) Wear black opaque socks and avoid black transparent stocking, especially when wearing shorts or short skirts with transparent black stockings, avoid, unless you want to look like a hooker.
Generally, Friday is a casual Friday in many companies, so you can wear jeans and sneakers to work. You will see that the directors in suits and leather usually wear ordinary tee like old sweaters. The first Friday of August every year is jeans for genes day. Many companies will also take this opportunity to let everyone wear jeans and donate.
Therefore, in order to avoid unnecessary embarrassment, it is still necessary to know the company's dress code and wear the corresponding clothing.
3. Working hours
More and more companies now adopt flexible hours, which means that you don't have to go to get off work on time from 8 to 8.5 or have clocking in for attendance, but you can work for XNUMX or XNUMX hours (the specific time will be written in the contract).
For example, Jiayuan will be late in the morning in a traffic jam and arrive at the company at 9:5, so if someone else gets off work at 5:8, you will wait until 4:XNUMX. There are also families with children who have to go early to pick up the children from school, and that may be from XNUMX to XNUMX. The details can be flexible, but the manager must be informed or allowed by the manager.
The other is about working overtime. Overtime work is rare in Australia. The company contract will say that your ability and the company's responsibilities should be completed within normal working hours.
Some students may think that I arrived earlier and left later when I first arrived at the company. This is an aspect of your diligent performance, but it must also be necessary. For example, if you are new to a new business or have a big project to be completed, it really takes time.
If you go early and go late every day, every day and every month, other colleagues and managers will take it for granted that it is your habit. In fact, my colleagues all believe that this is the commonality of Asians, especially Japanese, work very hard, because then they do not think it is because you are hardworking but because we Chinese and Japanese are used to working like this.
Time Management, its position in work is self-evident. Maintaining an efficient work habit is certainly a good thing, but things should be as detailed as possible. Many foreigners take for granted that the completion time and quality of things are inversely proportional.
Therefore, when time permits, do not blindly pursue fastness, and appropriately leave a wider space for the brain to achieve perfect work. To ensure the quality, even to be higher than the standard given by the boss, this is what we should focus on.
4. Addressing colleagues
I think this is very interesting. Australians are lazy. No matter how many syllables, they like to pronounce the first two sounds. This is also the abbreviation of most names.
For example, Jessica is referred to as Jess, Joshua is referred to as Josh, Vincent is referred to as Vince, Phlip is referred to as Phil, etc. Sometimes the initials are used when the relationship is very close. I believe everyone who has seen Gossip Girl knows B and S.
What I want to remind here is that sometimes a name has different abbreviations, and some people like a certain one or don't like the abbreviation others call at all.
It is recommended that you call your name when you are not sure what to call. It is the safest and most correct. When you hear other colleagues say that the other party does not object, then call him a nickname or abbreviation, or some people will tell you directly how to call him.
It's the same as we Chinese have our own first name but let others call ourselves by English name. And sometimes you have to call someone’s nickname if you’re not close, others will find it strange.
Basically, every company in Australia will have 20 days of paid annual leave, and individual companies have 25 days; there are also about 10 days of sick leave at different times.
Large companies will apply for annual leave directly in the system and directly contact payroll, because annual leave can be accumulated and the ones that are not used up when leaving the company will be converted into wages and sent to you, so there are strict rules and regulations management.
There is no annual leave strict on sick leave, and some do not even have to call the manager for a doctor’s leave. This also makes a lot of pretending to be sick, especially around some long weekends.
Here is a digression, every company buys workers compensation, so if you have an accident on your way to and from work or when you are at work, the company’s insurance will cover it. You don’t need to have anything to say you’re okay. The company can find insurance. The company claims that you can justify your sick leave at home and continue to work when you are better.
6. Lunch food and socializing
In some companies, some teams like to have a drink together after get off work, or Friday afterwork drink. If you don’t like drinking, you can skip it. If you like to drink and have conversations, you can also gather with colleagues.
Australia respects personal choice. If you have other arrangements or just don't like drinking, you will not force it.
Lunch is actually a small but most socialising thing. My suggestion is not to eat food with too much taste, especially if you need to use the company’s microwave oven.
I myself avoid bringing Chinese food, because I am the only Chinese in the company, and the old man is very curious about Chinese food, so if I see it, I will ask what it is and how to make it and finally evolved into the Master Chef class.
The last thing I want to say is that we often see meeting hugs and cheek kisses, which are normal and a very close relationship. Sometimes anyone in the team is going to travel far away, quit their job, something happened at home, or if they have not seen each other for a long time after leaving the job, they will hug and kiss on the cheek.
If a boy feels that he is not very good at mastery or if a girl does not like to be kissed like this, he can give a hug. Colleagues will know that Asians will not force you to kiss her on the cheek.
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