Integrating intercultural communication and cross-cultural adjustment research, this study examines the impact of host country language proficiency, English use in the workplace, communication styles, conflict styles, and social interaction frequency with host country nationals (HCNs) on general, work, and interaction adjustment, job satisfaction, and turnover intentions of 125 foreign workers in South Korea. While host country language proficiency and social interaction frequency with HCNs had a more positive influence on general and interaction adjustment facets, English use in the workplace, congruent communication and conflict styles were more relevant to work adjustment and work attitudes.
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This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (2010–2011, grant number: R1004711 ). We would like to thank all English teachers for participating in this study and wish them successful careers in Korea and elsewhere. We would like to thank Dan Landis and two anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments on earlier drafts of this paper.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Business and International Management
- Social Psychology
- Sociology and Political Science