To Kiss or Not To Kiss? That Is The Question!

by: Marc

Have you ever worked abroad or been on a business trip in another country? If yes, you will understand what I am talking about and if not, I hope you can learn something from my personal experience.

In this article, I will try to bring up my own perception of working in two different countries, and how business differs depending on where you are located.

You might think that something is appropriate in one country, but it is not in another and what seems usual or normal for you, might be offensive for others. How do I know that? Well, if you are French like I am, try to give a kiss to your female co-workers or even to your friends, here in Canada, and you will see what I am talking about. Or, if you are a Canadian moving to France, you will probably be surprised to see all those kisses, but I’m not! Once again, what is normal for me, may not be for you.

My point here is now that we live in a globalized world, all those cultural differences have to be taken into account, and if your business is ignoring them, then you could put yourself at risk, offend your interlocutor, and you might lose your lead as well. So, if you are going on a business trip this summer, or simply on vacation, please remember that your habits might not be understood over there and get ready for what they call the Culture Clash! You might not like what you will see, agree with what people think, or even understand how they conduct business but wait a minute… what if they think the exact same thing about you! Keep in mind that your culture defines who you are and how you perceive business.