Office culture can be a tricky thing to figure out. From companies that聽accommodate聽working moms聽to Sweden鈥檚 six-hour work day model, an amazing work culture is definitely sought after. But what about the less obvious things聽鈥 like, how many coffee breaks is too many? Is it okay to have a few cocktails at the office party? What鈥檚 the best way to bond with coworkers? These questions only get harder to answer if you鈥檙e working abroad in a different culture altogether.聽That鈥檚 why UK-based office supply company Viking set out to answer聽all聽of our international office etiquette-related queries in their new infographic.


Did you know that when walking into a German office in the morning, it鈥檚 best to greet the most important person first, then work your way down the hierarchy? Or that in France, it鈥檚 expected that you鈥檒l take at least two coffee breaks per day?聽In Spain, it鈥檚 normal for workers to take the entire month of August off for summer vacation, and Friday afternoons are meant for relaxing in preparation for the weekend. BRB, moving to Spain.

鈥淎s European Marketing Manager, I regularly travel to different countries,鈥 says Viking鈥檚 Ruud Linders in a post on the company webpage. 鈥淓ach country I visit has its own little quirks and conventions, and that鈥檚 what makes the world such a beautiful, varied place. Luckily, I usually manage to avoid putting my foot in it 鈥斅爃opefully I鈥檒l be even better now I鈥檝e seen this infographic!鈥

Scroll through to get the low-down on the rest of the world鈥檚 office culture quirks.


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