Some cultures demand strict punctuality, while for others this is not relevant. This video compares different attitudes towards punctuality and how they can affect the workplace.
- All of us can think of a friend or more than one…who's always five minutes late or maybe even more than that.…Although this may be annoying,…it's also often tolerated outside of work…but if the same friend continued to be late…in business settings around the world,…it could pose a problem depending on the country.…Now, some countries are time conscious and some are not.…For example, if your friend was doing business in Japan,…Germany, Switzerland or a Scandinavian country…who are very time-conscious and expect strict punctuality,…they may run into problems.…
Just consider the fact that if a Japanese train…is only two minutes late,…you can collect a late slip at the station…to bring to your boss.…Other countries differ by region.…For example, Italy and Colombia.…Northern Italy and central Colombia are more time-conscious…than other regions of the same countries.…On the other hand, countries such as Greece,…Portugal, India and Middle Eastern countries…aren't time-conscious…and a 30 minute delay is considered normal.…
- Distinguish between time-conscious and non-time-conscious countries.
- Identify countries and cultures which have different concepts of formality and hierarchy.
- Identify countries and cultures which have different levels of comfort regarding personal space.
- List gestures that can be problematic in a multinational environment.
- Give examples of topics that are sensitive in some countries and not in others.