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