Courtesy and Respect 5
of our Montreal Courtesy and Respect 5 is not what is visible on
the surface. It is the shared ways groups of people understand and
interpret their world.
The fact that we use social media and
eat hamburgers does not tell us what social media and hamburgers mean in different cultures.
Different perspectives and different points of view, yours and theirs, a Montrealer and a foreigner. It is by comparing the two that we can solve some if not all intercultural issues and communication problems that may arise in our day to day life.
- Montrealers tend to be open and friendly at work.
- We like to laugh and have an excellent sense of humour.
- Meetings are generally joyous, cordial and jovial and so are work relations and conversations.
- Cordiality and cooperation definitely appreciated and welcomed.
value harmony in our social and business relations.
- Polite behavior and proper manners are not always noticed but rudeness is.
and age are left out of the equation. Coworkers are peers, regardless of gender or age.
standing up and walking out from behind your desk to greet somebody,
you are subtly expressing respect for that person.
the elevator, whether you are entering or exiting, whoever is in
front goes first.
- We appreciate fast results and have no time to loose.
- We are determined to succeed.
- We are structured and value teamwork skills and leadership capabilities.
- We usually work with a precise plan and specific objectives.
- Diplomacy is the art of dealing with others and solving issues.
- The need to be polite and to use the correct expression is essential.
- Honesty is your key to intercultural communications and opportunities.
- Tactful communications in any challenging negotiation is a must.
- Appropriate attires range from classic and conservative to relaxed.
- Suit and tie or scarf for a negotiation, more casual for happy hours and discreet perfume and cologne on all occasions.
- Business casual means dressing professionally, looking relaxed, neat and pulled together.
- Casual Friday is great, but if your work takes you outside the office, you need to dress professionally.
- Hair neatly groomed, high-quality shoes and a crisp suit or skirt suit go a long way in establishing a professional demeanor.
- When in doubt ask HR - Human Resources.
Lets just say that it is widely shared among Montrealers that Montreal is one, if not THE best city to live in the whole wide world.
Large cities such as Montreal do tend to be extremely diverse but most Montrealers respect foreigners, are aware of our simple Courtesy and Respect 5 and generally accept cultural differences.
Montreal GLOBAL Kit
Courtesy and Respect 5 by Rachel Louise Barry
You may also wish to visit Global Affairs Canada- Cultural Information
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