I live in Europe. I got opportunities to work in Singapore, but I'm worried about the Asian power distant cultures.

Here why:

Last time I was traveling to Germany for seminars, there was some Japanese businessmen in the hotel.

I noticed that when the Japanese manager was about to leave, his colleagues bowed before him! I also noticed that none dared eat before he made the eat start!

Then after discussing with some Japanese people and making some research, I can see that power distance is common in Asian cultures, which has a huge impact on relocation decisions. And I wonder if its the same in Singapore

My main concern is sacrificial expectations. Here an example in this article about after work drinks and assertiveness . In Japan it's expected to attend after work drinks no matter how frequent they are.

A soft skill! Maybe, but, the consequences of sacrificing my family life to please the boss and get promoted are not worth the success this could bring me

It's not a matter of right or wrong, it's rather feedback I'm looking for from expats who worked in Singapore

I work in automotive engineering (software design)

  • You don't mention what type of work you would be doing. – Ray Butterworth Jan 6 '20 at 0:49
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    It heavily depends on the type of work you are in, but Singapore is not like Japan or China in this regard, for example I work in IT and my experience in Singapore over the last 10 or so years is similar to the US or Europe or at least very close to. – Matt Douhan Jan 6 '20 at 2:09
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    My experience of working for a multi-national there was a practice of regularly having to stay in the office until 9 or 10pm to join conference calls with my US and Europe-based colleagues. – Traveller Jan 6 '20 at 8:12
  • @Traveller when do you start working morning ??? how much hours you're working daily ? – mikmik Jan 6 '20 at 18:48
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    @mikmik Start time by 9am, contracted hours 35 weekly. The expectation was unpaid overtime as and when needed, which sometimes meant 12 hour days, but could be offset by a later start if the workload allowed. – Traveller Jan 6 '20 at 19:59

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