What you need to know about IT detachering in Holland

Do you have an IT job and are going to be seconded to Holland for a few months or longer? If so, here are a few things you will need to know about IT detachering, or IT secondment as English speakers say, so that your experience is good and people like you.

Be open-minded -- Just like any other country, things are done differently in Holland than they are done in America, the United Kingdom or anywhere else.

Do be sure to be open-minded when you get to your new IT detachering, as you will learn more that way as well as have a much better chance of the Dutch liking you. After all, being judgmental is no way to make friends or to learn new things.

Expect the work environment to be different -- When you are involved in an IT detachering in Holland, expect the work environment to be completely different than what you expect.

Some Dutch companies are quite laid back with dress code and the way employees are allowed to work. Find out what the rules are when you first arrive, and you will have less trouble fitting in.

Take on extra projects -- If you have time, and they are offered to you, take on extra projects.

This is a wonderful way to learn about the Dutch company you are working for, as well as a way to have management be happy you were IT detachering to them.

Make Dutch friends -- Part of the fun of being involved in an it detachering is that you get to learn about a new culture.

Make Dutch friends and allow them to introduce you to their culture. You may be surprised at what you learn, and how much you love a culture completely different than your own.