Working in Malaysia: Tips in Handling Employees
Have you heard of working in Malaysia? If you have then here are a few tips on how to survive working in a multinational company in Malaysia. First, before you join any company make sure that you have an International Labor Management Visa (ILMV). The procedure and requirements for an ILMV vary from country to country so check with the migration authorities in Malaysia as well as the Home office of the Company. Secondly, you will be required to sign a contract. Some contracts may vary from location to location so check with your Manager or Head Office.
Once these two have been taken care of, you are all set to start working. But where do you start? Working in Malaysia can be quite challenging, so here are some tips on how to cope. Working in Malaysia can be very demanding as there are a lot of people doing the same jobs so it’s important to adapt yourself to the work culture.
o Be assertive – Being assertive and polite at work is imperative in Malaysia. This applies to both superiors and subordinates. You may find it challenging to talk to your supervisor or a lower level employee. However, if you want to prove to your superiors that you are efficient and hard-working, just tell them that you are open to suggestions and that they may contact you regarding certain work-related queries or problems. Being assertive will not only make you more productive but also allow you to handle any situation that may come your way. Besides, it is more fun to work with your equals rather than working in a big company.
o Know your limitations – One of the biggest challenges of working in Malaysia is knowing your limitations. Do not over-extend yourself. Remember, when in a company you are their employee, not the boss. Although you get to lead some of your employees in certain tasks, it does not mean that you can completely control what they will do. Working in Malaysia means managing your people – not controlling them.
o Be open to changes – Malaysian companies value flexibility and openness to change more than productivity. If you are used to working in a particular organization, try and find out if there are any other companies nearby that are similar to your current employer. If you can’t find any, ask your peers for possible opportunities in Malaysia. You should be able to find other companies that offer the kind of pay, benefits, and working environment that you are looking for. This way, you can have a better understanding on how to manage your workforce better while you are still employed in your current employer.
o Keep communication lines open – Communication is very important in any business. In Malaysia, you will be dealing with different kinds of people – local as well as foreign. In order to be able to build a good relationship with your employees, always be open to them. You can give them presentations or discuss some problems in your company. With this, you will avoid potential conflicts that may lead to serious arguments and even firings within your company.