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attitudes toward time in different cultures

By Denise Torres,2014-07-07 13:02
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People around the world treat time differently.

    American

    They are very conscious about time. People in US get down to business. They dont

    spent much time developing a relationship with a client.

Canadians

    Meetings begin on time. Meetings are well organized and the people get down to business very quickly.

South Americans

    They dont care much about time, and dont put much stress on time. They are

    always late for everything, but no one seems to mind.

In Europe, business relations are similar to those in North America.

    Appointments may be made weeks in advance.

    Russian

    In Russian, people like to be punctual. Meetings begin on time. Visitors are advised to be on time, or close to on time, for parties or when dining in a private home.

German

    They are rarely late for meetings.

Swedes

    They are the most time-conscious. Eg. When I was in Sweden, I ordered a taxi to pick me up at my hotel at 6:25 am. I got to the street at 6:27, but the taxi had already left. Absolutely, everything runs on time there. Theres no room for mistakes.

In the Middle East, the North American needs a lot of patience. Business

    people may come one hour late to an appointment. Much time is spent in socializing and general communication. Allow the Middle Easterner to set the pace and start the business talk. Eg. Saudi Arabians are very relaxing about time. To the Arabians,

    half an hour or 40 minutes late is acceptable.

Chinese

    They used to be very relaxing about time, but people are increasingly bothered by lateness.

    In Japan, HongKong,Singapore or Indonezia, visitors are advised to be on time, or even earlier for a meeting.

In, Malaysia, Thailand, Korea, and the Philipines, you can expect

    people to be late, especially for social events.

Australians

    Australians are very relax about time, but people are increasingly conscious about

    time.

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