Communication doesn’t always take the form of words. Different cultures signal different messages according to their respective social conventions. Body language also adds meaning to an exchange of information. But the absence of words can be a very powerful and informative weapon. Its expression often differs widely between contexts, nationalities and individuals.
Being an expatriate is not easy, but moving to another country, learning a new language and living in a different culture can be very exciting and is often a career jump too. Nevertheless, it helps if you know a bit about the challenges you might face in advance. One of these challenges is culture shock. Defined as the disorientation a person may experience in a new cultural or foreign environment it can lead to information overload, homesickness, a language barrier and loneliness. When employees are sent on foreign assignment their families often accompany them.