Global Affairs Canada offers interesting answers about our Montreal culture issues with detailed information about cross cultural etiquette and manners from a Canadian point of view. A page entitled Cultural Information we highly recommand.
Culture questions and cross cultural solutions associated with our Montreal culture issues such as negotiation strategies - personal space - proper introductions - ranks and status - greetings and handshaking customs - communication styles - offensive gestures - gift giving procedures - forms of address...
Culture questions and cross cultural solutions based, for the most part, on our ethnic, our cultural, our linguistic and our religious levels.
Culture topics related to the ways of life of social groups and people as well as to their behaviors, their beliefs, their symbols and their values.
Culture plays an important role in our lives. Our culture influences our emotions, our fears, our hopes, our loyalties, our values and our worries. A culture that also measures our vitality, our quality of life and the well being of our society.
It is through our culture that we develop a sense of belonging as well as the ability to empathize and relate to others. Culture is symbolic of communication.
Communicating with people from different cultures can be quite a challenge. Misunderstandings and inadvertent offenses are commonplace. Problems that arise easily when cultural communication styles differ.
One aspect of our communication style is our language and the way we communicate between and within cultures. Non-verbal communication that also includes facial expessions and gestures along with seating arrangements, personal distance and sense of time.
The culture of a business organization includes its assumptions, its beliefs, habits, norms, symbols, vision and values...
In Montreal, good performance on the job depends a lot on good working conditions such as recognition and fair remuneration from employers and commitment and satisfaction from employees. On the other hand, less than desirable working conditions lead to frustration and discontent.
Some employees prefer to be part of a team while others work better individually. Some feel appreciated when they are consulted about important decisions, while others prefer to receive recognition and rewards for their contribution.
Older Montrealers, immigrants and natives of Montreal with families are usually concerned about job stability and benefits. On-the-job training is also appreciated since skills and expertise must be kept up-to-date and new ones must be learned and mastered.
Job enlargement and job enrichment are highly valued. The objective of both job enlargement and job enrichment is to motivate. Job enlargement by increasing the efforts and exposure of an employee towards organizational objectives and job enrichment by assigning additional responsibilities normally reserved for higher level employees.
Most if not all Montrealers consider an increase in their salary definitely interesging, but would also be concerned about advancement and work conditions. Then again, and for most professionals, job prestige and the degree of responsibility one has are quite important.
In order to help you improve your interpersonal and professional relationships and facilitate your progress in our surroundings, we have listed some of our essential cross culture issues that might interest you and surprise you.
Montreal URBAN Kit
Montreal Culture Issues by Rachel Louise Barry