Understanding different attitudes and communicating carefully will help you get the best from international student employees.
They may well be used to quite different ways of working. For instance – your new employee may come from a culture where it’s normal to be told exactly what to do at work. Or, they may be used to much more formal relationships with bosses than we’re used to.
Here are a few tips to help your international student workers to get an understanding of how workplaces operate in New Zealand:
You and your Kiwi employees should bear in mind that the way New Zealanders speak can be different from the formal English international students may have learned – particularly our slang words and jargon.
When speaking to international students it’s a good idea to:
Remember, just because someone has a strong accent, it doesn’t mean they have poor English skills or can’t do the job.