I’ve worked for and with dozens of companies around the world, and I never cease to be baffled by the diversity in professional standards I witness. For the few years that I was a foreign English language teacher, no two schools were ever alike in their expectations of how I should teach or my role in their hierarchy. Yet, each acted as though the way they did things was the way everyone did them, and that I should have automatically known all this.
As a freelancer, things weren’t much better. A company in India once hired me remotely to handle some of their brand strategy and messaging before being impressed enough with my work to invite me out to Delhi so we could upgrade our working relationship.