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Post time 2006-8-18 12:31:42 |Display all floors
a little bit fearful of my misunderstaning.
sometimes maybe it will happen to be a big problem if sth wrong with my understanding

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Post time 2006-8-18 13:58:03 |Display all floors
my boss is a foreigner and he is not so well to get along with,nothing about the language ...

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Post time 2006-8-19 08:44:57 |Display all floors
when do you think is proper time to say sth about  your eager to get to know your boss ?
i really want to extend my feeling about  knowing him better,
but i have no idea about when and what occasion
i have no sense of his characteristics and habits.
can i ask him in the office.
if not ,when

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Post time 2006-8-19 09:21:45 |Display all floors

Reply #10 raincoat117's post

when do you think is proper time to say sth about  your eager to get to know your boss ?
i really want to extend my feeling about  knowing him better,
but i have no idea about when and what occasion
i have no sense of his characteristics and habits.
can i ask him in the office.
if not ,when


Don't worry about your boss, just be natural.

Don't worry about the language barrier, your foreign boss should understand or he'll just be an IDIOT.

If "language" is not your strength, try to keep your speech and words simple.  Don't use high-flown words which, if inappropriately used for the occasion, may cause misunderstanding.

Don't be or appear to be "too eager" to know your boss for you may attract jealousy from your colleagues (last thing a good boss would want happen in his department/organisation) or give him the wrong impression that you are bootlicking him.  He will look down on you.

Proof yourself in the performance of your work.  Be creative and receptive to ideas if they make sense.  Bosses like to think they are smart but they also like smart employees.

Be sure of the scope of your work, not so that you would be calculating but so that you will not end up a slave labour in your company.  I understand that some bosses like to exploit their staff.  It's a bit of a grey area but it is good to know your areas of responsibility and understand the line of authority.  

My advice: be natural.  Bear in mind the above.  If unclear instruction is given to you, approach your boss to ask for clarification.




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Post time 2006-8-19 09:28:23 |Display all floors
learn to your boss' country culture and habit ,regarding to the english,it is easy to learn if you try your best.
Be always smile,never give up!

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Post time 2006-8-19 09:37:39 |Display all floors

Reply #12 tinbu20's post

Originally posted by tinbu20 at 2006-8-19 09:28
learn to your boss' country culture and habit ,regarding to the english,it is easy to learn if you try your best.


That's a one good way to patch a cultural difference but I also take a different stance.

Your boss should learn the Chinese culture .... if you are referring to working in China.

If your boss, working in China, cannot adapt to the ways in the China and her people, then I think the company has sent the wrong guy to manage the company.  

He/She should be shipped back immediately home to handle domestic chores.

Things should work both ways.  The worker (China) understanding the work and expectations of performance and boss (foreigner) should have a flexible mindset and be able to adjust to the culture in the new country and its people.

As a worker myself, I do have expectations of my bosses too.  I am not a slave, that is to say.




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When asked what they least admired about the West, they replied
MORAL DECAY, PROMISCUITY and pornography which...
DEGRADED women.

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Post time 2006-8-19 09:38:56 |Display all floors
Proving yourself through your work is the best bet. If you're good at your job, the boss will like you, and you will be able to stay on as your English skills develop.

In the meantime, don't use your poor English as an excuse unless it really and truly is a problem; even so, try to get help from your coworkers before you go to your boss. Bosses don't want to hear excuses. They may allow it once or twice, but that's all.

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