Read on to find out what to expect, and how you can prepare for the culture shock. Moving to another country is always going to entail some culture shock, but moving to Korea, which has only in the last 30 years emerged as a major world power, and remains culturally insular and monolithic, can seem more like moving to an entirely new world. This means that getting to grips with the cultural differences can be a difficult task, and the culture shock can be overwhelming.
Understanding cultural difference at workplaces Posted: Domestic companies have been hiring more foreign professionals in an effort to enhance their competitiveness in the markets of advanced nations.
It is common for disagreements or misunderstanding to arise between Koreans and foreign employees due to differences in culture, occupational habits and language. It is difficult for Koreans to understand their foreign counterparts if they do not know the cultural characteristics that have formed over long periods of time.
Of course the lack of understanding may lead to an atmosphere that is not conducive to business. I would like to deal with some cultural differences and the opinions of some foreigners living and working in Korea. English does not have such strict rules regarding politeness, and emotional authority between positions and ages is not as high as in Korea.
In the Power Distance Index, which indicates the degree of authority people in higher social positions have over those in lower positions, Korea places among the highest, while the U. The superior talks down to the subordinate while the subordinate talks in higher forms of the language to the superior.
In Korea, addressing someone by their title or position is important.
People at work call each other by their job positions, while Westerners use first names, or Mr. In Western culture, position titles only indicate persons-in-charge, and are not used when addressing that person. In Korea, title indicates status, so if someone is addressed in a way that is not suitable for his age or position, he or she may be offended and feel they are being talked to as an inferior.
Sales employees introduce themselves using a title that is higher than their own, to give themselves authority in the eyes of customers. In Western culture, people can be friends with whomever they want, while in Korea you can only call someone your friend if he or she is the same age as you.
In Western culture, people keep in mind the age difference and give respect where it is due, but nevertheless they are free to befriend anyone they please. In the Korean work environment, to be in a higher position than someone older than you is difficult because age is very important.
In western cultures, positions in the workplace are more respected than here. Here are examples of cultural differences related to behavior that I collected from expatriates living and working in Korea.
In Korea it is polite to decline something that is offered to you and maybe on the second or third time it is offered you accept it. In Western culture if something is offered to you and you want it you can gladly accept it the first time it is offered.
It is quite common for friends, spouses, and family members in Korea not to say thank you to each other for little gifts, for giving someone something they requested, whereas this would be quite rude in Western culture.
With a partnership based on this acceptance, Korean employees can work well with foreign expatriates, improve their own work efficiency and help the company increase its competitiveness with leading companies from around the world.
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However, some differences are surprising, some are embarrassing, and some are just funny. Some of the different customs are related to New Year’s celebrations, dinner customs, and conversation styles. First, New Year’s Day is celebrated differently in Korea and the United States in numerous ways.
Periodic differences between the United States and the Republic of Korea over policy towards the North have not undermined the overall bilateral relationship. The United States and North Korea. Cultural differences between Korea and US There are so many differences that can be discussed about our culture (united States) and South Korea. We could discuss their values, etiquette and customs, or business etiquette and protocol. Understanding Cultural Differences at Work Between Korea and the West. Introduction; While Korea has been making free trade agreements (FTAs) with the United States and the European Union, more.
Understanding Cultural Differences at Work Between Korea and the West. Introduction; While Korea has been making free trade agreements (FTAs) with the United States and the European Union, more.
Alyssa Williams-Sinn. Search this site. Home. Resume. South Korean VS American Culture. I have a natural curiosity to learn about different cultures and understand these differences in relation to my own culture.
it is clear to see that the cultural differences of South Korea and the United States are plentiful. Aug 31, · In America, there are various sports and art clubs in high school, which are not oriented to study school subjects.
Students can choose whatever they want to do after school.
They appear to have more free time than Korean high school students. Here is a good example to see the cultural difference in afterschool activities between Korea and America. Periodic differences between the United States and the Republic of Korea over policy towards the North have not undermined the overall bilateral relationship.
The United States and North Korea.