A European backpacker has detailed what surprised her the most about the working culture in Australia.
Saar, an expat from Belgium, has been juggling two jobs in the coastal town of Port Macquarie, 394km north of Sydney.
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The young traveller, who’s on a working visa, said she noticed how flexible both her employers were with her start times.
“I love Australia so much,” she said in a TikTok video.
“I get it now, I get why people go here to do the work and travel thing because working here is so f***ing chill.
“I’m not going to say that it’s going to be like this everywhere but I’m currently in Port Macquarie and I have two jobs here and they are both so chill.”
As she has two different jobs, Saar explained to her employers she was unable to get to work on time.
“Like for example, with my second job, I can’t be there at the time they want me to because of my first job,” she explained.
“And they’re just like, ‘Yeah just come in whenever. If you are done with your first job, then you can just come in, it’s fine.’
“In Belgium, if you can’t be on time for your job, you will no longer have a job.”
‘Love it here’
She raved about the country, saying: “Thank you Australia for showing me that life can be fun and not stressful.
“I really love it here.”
Her video has been viewed more than 85,000 times – many Australians agreeing with her statement.
“We have terrible bread and cheese but the work-life balance is great,” one said.
Another wrote: “This is wholesome, welcome to Australia.”
One suggested: “Every business is desperate for workers at the moment so they’ll take whoever they can. But yeah, our work culture is super chilled compared to other countries.”
Another added: “So happy you’re experiencing the real Australia – not just the popular city. Port Macquarie is beautiful.”
‘Wish my Aussie boss was like that’
However, not everyone agreed.
“Definitely not an Australian thing, it’s just the type of job in the location,” one said.
Another confessed: “Wish my Aussie boss was like that.”
While one suggested: “That’s called a good boss. Most jobs won’t allow you to do that here either.”
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