If your company is moving to another country, or your job requires you to meet with partners all over the world, it may be worth your while to learn more about what to expect when you reach your destination. Workplace customs can vary from country to country, and the smallest misstep could complicate your potential business dealings.
Here are just a few examples of workplace customs from around the world that may seem unusual to few :
- France – Since personal relationships are just as important as business connections, many offices begin the day with everyone shaking hands.
- United Arab Emirates – In the United Arab Emirates, the left hand is seen as unclean. Ensure that you offer your right hand of handshakes and never touch important documents or food with the left hand.
- Hong Kong – Seating placements are tired to seniority; the senior executive in the room should be offered a seat at the head of the table during any meeting.
- Italy – Italian people often have two business cards, one for business situations and one with personal information for social gatherings.
- Japan – Japanese business people view the business card as an item of importance. If you are offered a business card in Japan, you should take it with both hands and take a moment to study the information before putting it away.
- Argentina – The business lunch is not popular in Argentina. Most business related meals happens at dinner, which started around 9pm.
- Taiwan – You should bring gifts to give business associated in Taiwan, but be prepared for the gift to be rejected two or three times before it is accepted.
- United Kingdom – Workers in the United Kingdom spend the most time on a computer of workers in any nation, followed then by the United Stated of America.
- Nigeria – Nigerian business people may ask each other about personal matters and family during business meetings. This is done to show warmth and friendship and it is important to respond.
- Egypt – In Egypt, business meetings are never scheduled for Friday, which is considered a day of rest.
Hope this helps and may we be able to meet people in person soon.