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Dear fellow expats and Swiss colleagues.

I need some advice or consultation regarding work culture in swiss.

I moved to Switzerland last summer for a business development position in a large size company in Zurich. earlier i was working in Germany in similar position.

I still couldn't understand the unwritten work culture in swiss or better to say in my office.

My boss do not seem to openly discuss issues or performance feedback with me.
He seems to mean something or "imply" some message during general conversation in public among the team. But when I try to discuss direct about his comments with him in his office. he says everything is fine and i am doing a great job.

although english is the official language all of my team mates are native Swiss German and swiss german is unwritten official language of our team but I can understand that.
I have no issues with that but perhaps through smalltalk they seems to know something or hold back information from me.
It looks like the colleagues behave different to me at times. perhaps due to some criticism from my boss. ( or they are talking alone over coffee or I am paranoid )

well I could be performing bad or make some blunder ( although I have always been star performer in similar previous positions ), but this secretive or "implied" feedback frustrates me at work and naturally that is curbing my performance.
Although I am willing to correct my mistake and improve myself, I feel helpless.

I think visa is bound with the work contract, as I am in swiss only for the last 6 months.
it is also not quite good to change or quit a position soon after starting the job.
can anyone give suggestions on how to handle this situation in swiss work environment?

So I couldn't identify if he doesnt want me in his team or if he wants me but to stay low and be a dummy in the office. or is it normal in swiss work culture. ?
or am i missing something huge due to language/cultural barrier ?

Please don't get me wrong. I have great respect for for my boss and he is also professional well qualified and capable person, at times i feel delighted to work for him.

Thanks in advance for your feedback.
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Dont get tensed up. This is common behaviour of Swiss managers. They dont give direct feedback or many of them are conservative to speak about anything that you dont do correctly.but as long as your boss openly says that you are doing good, you are fine.The other thing you have to understand is that the working culture is not so serious here meaning if all the work is getting done by the team with no issues then the managers are more than happy. so think if you are trying to give too much to your job and stressing yourself. another thing , dont expect appreciation each time you do something exceptional. The swiss managers are not so good at giving appreciation but they do recognise the good work you are doing.
about the language issues, try to learn the language in small bits( i know its not easy) and show an intention that you want to integrate with the team.
in the end, enjoy your work which is the most important thing.

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Dont get tensed up. This is common behaviour of Swiss managers.
There are courses in Swiss-German which might help -showing a willingness to learn the dialect is great way to integrate -they will forgive your accent

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