Working here in Hong Kong, or anywhere overseas for that matter, requires one to be well-informed, assertive, and smart in handling any situation.
It is through constantly updating oneself by reading or attending seminars that we become fully equipped in dealing with situations that can be considered tricky or challenging at first look, but of course, every difficult situation can be addressed appropriately if we have the right attitude and the know-how in dealing with them beforehand.
How to Achieve a Healthy Employer-Employee Relationship
Here are a few tips that our overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and even those who work back home can apply when dealing with their employers in order to achieve a healthy working relationship.
- Preparation is Key.
- First and foremost, you need to understand what you are getting into. Becoming familiar with the general worker laws and employee obligations here in Hong Kong can give you a head start to making good decisions in addressing rough situations which you may possibly encounter through the course of your stay for work here in Hong Kong.
- Avail the mandatory Workers’ Compensation Insurance.
- Determine a weekly rest day (a complete 24 hours off work), as well as appropriate accommodation and food arrangements.
- Manage your expectations and work performance.
- Communicating your expectations in the same way your employer is supposed to define theirs when it comes to your duties and role as an employee is a highly important skill.
- If you are able to adapt to your new working environment and transition as a new employee, remember to keep open communication lines with your boss as this will help build a trusting and lasting relationship, which will surely pay dividends in the long run.
- Overcome simple/common mistakes.
- Knowing the law and your rights as a worker is a good place to start, as this will serve as your protection from abusive employers and those who may take advantage of you in the course of your stay in the country.
- By knowing your rights, you will also be informed of the areas for which your employer must be responsible for (i.e. providing ample food and accommodation). Overlooking these areas can put an employer at a bad spot, so take note of your rights as a worker here in Hong Kong.
- Have access to helpful resources.
- As mentioned, continue to learn and grow through your work by gaining access to resources that could help you better understand the kind of work you have, and enhance your stay in your host country such as the following: