Natasha also spoke of the initial onboarding experience and noted that COVID-19 made the onboarding process slightly more difficult as she didn’t have full access to the office but credited her team as being really supportive. “It was a lot to take in, but I could reach out to them whenever I had questions or needed help.”
Adjusting to a new work culture can often take time for international workers, but new cultures also offer a different set of values that can be exciting for expats. When asked about the cultural differences in relation to work between India and the Netherlands, Natasha highlighted a significant contrast in terms of work/life balance. She said, “India has a very workaholic culture, with more focus on work over people’s own lives.” She continued to note that “Cycleon has great flexibility, and your personal life is valued—this flexibility is not there in India.”
Natasha’s biggest takeaway from Cycleon so far is that “everyone is very friendly and cooperative which is rare in work culture, this has really supported me to perform my duties.”
In terms of advice for anyone thinking about making the move to work in the Netherlands, Natasha noted the opportunity to learn a new language as being important. In the Netherlands, English is sufficient, but she says she will learn Dutch as it may be useful for her in the future.
Natasha’s final piece of advice? A simple two words, “Join Cycleon!”