Just like different cultures and traditions, the workplace has its etiquette that people follow to establish a productive lifestyle around the world. Some workplace cultures are unique and significant in their ways, however, all of them aim to foster a great and friendly working atmosphere.
Here are some of the unique workplace cultures around the world.
United States of America (US)
Business meetings usually take place during lunch and dinner and it is considered rude to take calls or send an email during the business meetings. They regard time as money so most Americans get straight to the business. Their business relationships are mostly informal.
Australians appreciate the modesty and factual information rather than exaggerating to sell the products. Not meeting the deadline is regarded as a lack of professionalism. The meetings are followed loosely and relaxed.
To agree on the deal, Japanese bow to each other with their back straight and hands at the sides. It is good to take many notes in the meeting to show interests. It is not allowed to play with, throw or write on the Japanese business card
Singaporean has the idea of being patient with building business relationships. They are mostly soft-spoken and calm. They are expected to present the business card with both hands and while meeting each other, giving a gentle squeeze handshake which lasts 10 to 12 seconds is ideal.
They have the conservative dress codes where men wear some shirt and trousers with a tie while women wear sarees or salwar suits. Indians have a small talk before the meetings and saying “no” is regarded as impolite. They greet each other with handshakes or “Namaste” and using their titles like Mr, Sir, etc.
United Arab Emirates(UAE)
Personal connections and references are essential to get the first interview. Modesty is really important in the workplace and women must wear a skirt and suite below the knee. Meetings usually start with the casual talk and meetings can be prolonged beyond the fixed time.
The first meeting is usually about knowing each other rather than having a strict discussion about the business matter. Face-to-face meetings are preferred to telephone, emails or conference calls. It is expected to maintain eye contact during the meeting and show that you are listening by nodding your head.