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How to Adjust to an International Working Environment

Posted on 5/3/2013 by Primetime Solutions

Once you arrive in a new country after an exciting time of preparation and planning, reality sets in. You are in a strange world, far away from the people you love and you have a whole new life to adjust to - generally all by yourself.

The adrenaline rush during the early days and learning about your new environment might be enough to keep your mind off of the things and people you have left behind. However, when all the activity ceases, people often start to struggle with the adjustments of relocating to take on international jobs.

Prime Time Solutions encourages their international recruits to hook up with other people from their home country who can help them to settle in and find their way around. By searching the internet you are bound to find social networks for expats which will help you to link up with people from your country working in Saudi Arabia.

The Western compounds are inhabited by people from various countries. These expats socialise with each other frequently which helps them to be less homesick. They can also show new contractors around and teach them how to get the most out of life in Saudi Arabia.

Contractors are encouraged to take up hobbies and sports to keep the loneliness at bay and help prevent them from developing bad habits as a result. Free time should be used positively as people often become lonely when they spend too much time alone. Saudi Arabia offers much the same in terms of public anemities and the people (both expatriates and locals) are gregarious and sociable.

Saudi Arabia's climate might be hard to adjust to if you come from most Western countries. The country follows the desert climate pattern with very warm days and cold nights. The rainfall is very low, which makes it dry and dust storms can hamper outdoor activities.

To cope with the heat, be sure that you drink plenty water and wear light clothes. People with certain medical conditions may struggle to adjust to the heat and humidity and should consider this before relocating.

Since the heat is sometimes unaccounted for and seen as a 'hardship factor' you should include it in your negotiations. Some employers pay a hardship bonus to expats living in countries where they are affected by extreme weather conditions, pollution, restriction of freedom, danger and crime. While this is the exception rather than the norm, it is worth using in your negotiations.

Many international recruits who have completed their year-long stints have had the opportunity to renew their contracts and grabbed it with both hands. The money is great and the culture exciting for people who are adaptable and adventurous.

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