Business Manners 10
Our business manners 10 come with a rather informal, relaxed and casual dress codes for men and for women but, there may be differences between public and private sectors.
- New Year’s Day - January 1st.
- Good Friday or Easter Monday - Late March to mid-April.
- Journée nationale des patriotes - the Monday preceding May 25th. (used to be or still is Victoria Day for some)
- National Aboriginal Day - June 21st (unofficial).
- St-Jean-Baptiste Day / Quebec National Day / Fête nationale du Québec June 24th.
- Canada Day - July 1st.
- July 1st is also Moving Day.
- Montreal has a long-standing tradition of ending residential leases on June 30th.
- As a result, July 1st is moving day for a significant percentage of tenants in the city.
- Labour Day - First Monday in September.
- Canadian Thanksgiving - Second Monday in October.
- Remembrance Day - November 11th.
- Christmas Day - December 25th.
- Boxing Day - December 26th.
- Employees in the clothing industry are also entitled to extra paid statutory holidays on January 2nd, Good Friday and Easter Monday
- We are punctual and associate punctuality with respect.
- We will tolerate a 5 or 10 minute delay.
- Apologize for being late as soon as you arrive.
- If you are more than 20 minutes late, we will most probably not wait for you.
- If you think you will be delayed, simply call before the meeting or the appointment begins.
- If you do not wish to taste certain foods, simply say "no thank you".
- If you do not like what is served at a formal lunch or dinner, it is polite to at least take a taste.
- It is okay not to eat everything put before you if you happen to be allergic or if you do not care for it.
- Our culture allows that kind of refusal and, you will most probably be offered a dish more to your liking.
- For a business encounter at a restaurant, go somewhere you know well, so you can be sure there will be no nasty surprise.
- Men and women invite their male or female customers at the restaurant and pay the bill.
- If your guest orders a drink (wine or beer) it is considered polite to order one too.
- If your guest does not order any alcohol, it is considered impolite to do so.
- When you are the host, make sure you take care of the bill, because you will be expected to pay.
- When you are invited, wait until your host starts orienting the conversation on the current business.
- It is the host or hostess who is responsible for the success of the meal and the conversation. Let him or her guide you.
- The meal begins when the host or hostess unfolds his or her napkin. This is your signal to do the same.
- The host will signal the end of the meal by placing his or her napkin on the table.
- The law in Quebec is strict when it comes to cigarettes, tobacco products and electronic cigarettes.
- You are usually allowed to smoke outdoors, but there are more and more exceptions and restrictions.
- Smoking is banned within a 9m radius of the entrance of institutions such as hospitals, community centres, colleges, universities...
- You may smoke at home except if your lease or if your building rules do not allow smoking.
In case you are interested, according to our local business manners 10, "more mature" men and women kind of prefer conservative and comfortable clothes.
Younger women like to wear more revealing and more flattering clothes and outfits and younger men prefer khakis and chinos with or without a sport jacket or a vest. New and comfortable business manners 10.
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