I’m a westerner and recently moved back to Taiwan after years away and gotten used to the work environment in the states. The office I’m walking into has recently gone through restructuring/layoffs. I will be the only one with an office, and I’m used to working 8 to 5 and working at home in the evenings if I need to. Most people here arrive at 9-9:30 and don’t leave until 7 or 8, or even later. I refuse to do that as I have family and spend time with them in the evenings.
Am I walking into a wall of resentment? Can I maintain my work life balance without others thinking I’m getting special treatment? To be clear, I’m not accountable to anybody in that office. But I want to be aware of the environment since I still have to work with these people.