BUSINESS ETIQUETTE IN SOUTHEAST EUROPE

BUSINESS ETIQUETTE IN SOUTHEAST EUROPE

“A man’s manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait.” Johan Wolfgang von Goethe

Moving into another country for an Erasmus internship brings a lot of new challenges to overcome, people to meet, places to see, and as well – cultural differences to learn. As an intern entering the world of business you must learn the business etiquette of the country you are staying in. If you are staying in some of the Southeast Europe we have a few good tips for you!

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  1. PUNCTUALITY!

Probably the most important thing you must learn about the business etiquette of pepole from Southeast Europe is that they really appreciate being on time, and coming to your meetings and workplace on time. If you can’t make it at least  15 minutes before your working day is starting, at least try to make it on time. Normally, working hours in Southeast Europe are from 09:00-17:00. Try to make it at 8:45. As for the meetings, it’s also considered good to be 20 minutes early. First impressions last!

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  1. “LET YOUR HANDSHAKE BE A GREATER BOND THAN ANY WRITTEN CONTRACT”

You can tell a lot about a person from their handshake. Normally, in Southeast Europe countries a firm, strong handshake is considered as a firm and strong personality. Don’t allow yourself to shake someone’s hand in a weak way. Not recommendable.

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  1. EYE CONTACT MATTERS!

Eye contact is just as important as the handshake. When first meeting someone important make direct eye contact. You don’t have to stare all the time, you don’t want someone to think you’re crazy. But you do need to seem confident. So, don’t be afraid of making eye contact.

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  1. TRUST IS A GOOD BUSINESS PRACTICE

Although your expertise is your crucial quality as an intern, a thing that is more appreciated is trust. Your boss and your colleagues will appreciate you more if you come off as a trustworthy and reliable person. Of course, that doesn’t mean that you don’t have to be good in what you do. But if you want to really leave an impression of excellence, be reliable.

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  1. ADRESS PEOPLE IN THE RIGHT WAY

If you’re in doubt, keep it formal. For the first period of time, use Mr., Mrs., Miss, Ms. After you’ve made a bond with your bosses and your colleagues take it a bit less business and make it casual. Southeast Europe folks are very open and cheerful once you get to know them. Business etiquette is imporant, but keep in mind you also need to be comfortable and open to everyone. Good luck!

 

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