With the return of travel, you will finally be able to meet your partners or go to one of your company’s subsidiaries. But this opportunity will obviously force you to adapt.
Do you think about the world tour of entrepreneurship and practice? Think again ! The French-speaking model is not the one that has spread across the globe. Each country has its own corporate culture and some of its habits are not practiced at all in France. Here is a little tour of the world of office habits that differ from the cells of France.
1- Japan, fan of the siesta
Nap ? A practice frowned upon in France but which tends, little by little, to take its place with French workers. It is well established in some countries from Japan. The latter can take a nap anywhere: metro, bus…, and, often, at work, which would be proof of their investment.
If this practice is more legitimate in Japan than in France, rest assured that “Tokyo people are the least sleepy people in the world. With 54 minutes less than the Parisians”, according to the study of the International Sleep Federation. An hour shift that also involves the kiss of taking naps. The latter, even if authorized, remain, however, subject to certain rules: the employee must be able to reprimand his work at any time. So how about taking a nap?
2- The United States, the world of work
It is one of the countries most open to dialogue in connection with its work culture. What crazy ideas have emerged from the land of Uncle Sam? The most innovative concepts but also atypical work habits.
In France, entrepreneurship is quite regulated in terms of age with the impossibility of starting your business if you have not reached your 16th birthday. In the United States, it’s a different matter: children’s creativity is not left out and, if their project proves promising and they are accompanied by a tutor, they can set up their own business. This is called “KidsPreneurs”, a phenomenon that is spreading more and more in the United States.
3- Norway, well-being above all
Norway remains one of the happiest countries in the world, according to UN reports. A place surely due to the rather flexible working conditions of the Norwegians.
Business leaders are well aware that the country’s climate, which is often cold, makes it easy to fall ill. They therefore grant themselves 25 days of sick leave per year, without asking for medical proof. In the event that employees’ children are ill, they are also entitled to 5 additional days of leave.
If in France the office hours vary and, salaries as directors, do not hesitate to work overtime, the Norwegians generally leave the office at 4 p.m. and only bring work home on seir if necessary. absolute. Norway, on the other hand, only favors breaks, which are perceived as a waste of time. “The day in the office therefore lasts no more than 8 hours, in return, there is no loss of time at work. »
For example, the break is short, only 20 minutes. “At the coffee machine, everyone takes their drink and comes back directly to your office, without wasting time chatting”explains Laure, engineer in the energy sector, in Norway, on the site of the Maison du Cadre.
4- China, leads it as the pillar of the company
Little by little, a new trend is taking hold in France and is pushing managers to be more flexible in their management in order to encourage the development of salaries and autonomy. Conversely, in China, the hierarchy occupies a dominating place. The business manager, similar to the father of a family, interferes in all sectors of the hierarchical ladder. He is perceived as the most competent in society and holds an authoritative role.
The well-being as well as the opinions of the wages are relatively little valued compared to the objectives which the company must achieve and which fixes the director. A fairly crude management results from this but which has, however, succeeded in pleasing China as the future world’s leading economic power.
5- Saudi Arabia, under the sign of mutual respect
In the French company, everyone talks to each other and calls their colleagues by their first name. In Saudi Arabia, when one speaks to one’s collaborators, Director as employee, Employed the “Sir” and the “Madam” to greet each other as a sign of respect.
If you “let’s have a drink” according to the office remains quite popular in France, do not tackle this practice in Saudi Arabia where the culture of alcohol does not exist.
Another notable difference: although punctuality is supposed to denote a pledge of your investment, in Saudi companies, latecomers are not associated with a lack of professionalism and are, in many cases, tolerated.
6- England, a country attached to its more tolerant traditions
English companies may seem quite paradoxical. On the one hand, they remain attached to the same traditions as to past conventions and can, for example, encourage you to work anywhere (transport, home, station, etc.). On the other hand, they promote the tolerance of each person’s personality.
However, I regret that certain professions strictly respect certain dress codes in France and are subject to all kinds of regulations or mores, do not be surprised to meet English bankers covered with tattoos or with the most colorful hair.