Australian Workplace Culture Part One

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Helps recently arrived migrants compete in the Australian job market and achieve career success - Part One. You can contact me at http://www.linkedin.com/in/ursulawalker

Helps recently arrived migrants compete in the Australian job market and achieve career success - Part One. You can contact me at http://www.linkedin.com/in/ursulawalker

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  • 1. Australian Workplace Culture
    A guide for newly arrived migrants
    © Ursula Walker 2011
  • 2. Presentation Outline
    • Part Three
    • 3. Attitudes to work, hierarchy and leadership
    • 4. Organisational Communication
    • 5. Achieving success in the Australian workplace
    • 6. Employer Expectations
    • 7. 10 Top Tips for Skilled Migrants
    Part One
    Defining culture
    Workplace culture in Australia
    Communication Styles
    Getting a Job
    Interview Issues
    Part Two
    Workplace Communication
    Asking Questions
    Social Behaviour and Fitting In
    © Ursula Walker 2011
  • 8. Culture
    Culture is the way we do things
    Culture is the set of values and beliefs that we learn from childhood, that determine our way of thinking and acting
    Australian culture is based on ideas such as equality,productive diversity and cultural respect
    © Ursula Walker 2011
  • 9. Workplace Culture
    • Communication Styles
    • 10. Social Behaviour
    • 11. Attitudes to Work, Hierarchy and Leadership
    The key areas where Australian workplace culture tends to be different are: 
    The approach to hierarchy and leadership styles
    Employers’ expectations of staff
    Workplace communication styles
    © Ursula Walker 2011
  • 12. Communication Styles
    High Context e.g. China, India
    the information that passes between people is subtle and must be read through the physical context of the situation, or is already internalized in the person.
    Relationship based
    Low Context e.g. Australian, English, German
    most communication is overt and made through explicit statements rather than relationships or internalization.
    Task focused
    © Ursula Walker 2011
  • 13. Getting a Job
    • Migrants coming from high context cultures can find that their behaviour in an interview situation is often misinterpreted by recruiters.
    • 14. Reluctance to make eye contact, unwillingness to contradict or question and stiff or formal body language may be interpreted as showing little enthusiasm, confidence or interest.
    • 15. In low-contextcultures job interviews are meant as a way of meeting and getting to know each other
    © Ursula Walker 2011
  • 16. Interview Issues
    Resumes
    Personal Space
    Eye Contact
    Smiling
    Contradicting Interviewer
    Body Language
    Asking Questions
    Answers
    © Ursula Walker 2011
  • 17. Next time..
    In the upcoming sessions we will look at:
    Workplace Communication Styles
    Social Behaviour and Fitting In
    Attitudes to work, hierarchy and leadership
    Organisational Communication
    Achieving success in the Australian workplace
    Employer Expectations
    10 Top Tips for Skilled Migrants
    © Ursula Walker 2011