8 Countries And The Differences In Workplace Culture
21 February 2018

If you’re a fan of working abroad or you’re ready to expand your travel portfolio, understanding workplace culture around the world can be useful when navigating new professional terrain. Here are 10 countries and their unique workplace rules, from coffee breaks to parental leave.



Not keen on answering work emails after hours? In France, you legally don’t have to. The Right To Disconnect Law states that most professionals are not required to respond to contact from work out of hours, in an attempt to avoid an overworked population and ensure a healthy work-life balance.



Missed your train and going to be 15 minutes late for a meeting? In India, you’ll still be on time, claims The Economic Times.



Many employees in Israel work an average 45 hours a wee and 9 hours per day Sunday-Thursday, to accommodate Shabbat, the Jewish Holy Day, from sundown on Friday to Saturday evening.



Coffee breaks, also known as fika, are a big deal in Sweden. Giving colleagues a chance to relax, recuperate and socialize, fika is considered better for work productivity to rejuvenate the mind. Some workplaces have official meeting times for fika while others choose more informal breaks.



Exercising to reduce stress and promote togetherness is common in the Japanese workplace, with students and professionals alike taking part in Radio Taiso, a 15-minutes exercise regimen that’s broadcast on the radio everyday.



Got a bun in the oven? Iceland makes sure that both parents are entitled to three months of parental leave as well as an additional three months of leave to share, with each person receiving 80% of their salary. This move aims to promote bonding with newborns and to increase childcare skills for men and women.



Prayer times in the United Arab Emirates take priority over workplace obligations, and are always respected no matter what engagement they may be interrupting.



In Taiwan, loyalty to your employer is taken very seriously, with many Taiwanese people viewing their work as priority over personal time and even their families. On January 1st 2017 a law was introduced that allowed Taiwanese professionals two days off per week, something that they previously didn’t necessarily take. This law aims to encourage self-care.


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