Business Etiquette and Cultural Differences

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Being the heart of Europe, it comes to no surprise that Brussels is very culturally diverse. You can find people of many different nationalities speaking different languages. One of the reasons is because the open border policy within the EU helps foreigners come start businesses in Belgium. In addition, Belgium hosts the headquarters of both the European Commission and NATO.

It comes with a great advantage to be aware of different cultural norms to be able to efficiently deal with customers and clients of other countries. Continue reading Business Etiquette and Cultural Differences

The Importance of Company Culture

Is it time for a change in the company culture?

The environment of a company can be described as all of the elements that exist inside and outside the company that has a potential to affect the organization.

There are external and internal forces that influence the functioning of your company. Today, we’ll look at one of the internal factors that is often overlooked when thinking about an organization. In fact, in the 1980s researchers believed it was “the missing link.”

Culture

To put simply, organizational culture is just “the way things are around here.” The reason why it gets overlooked is because usually the culture is shaped inadvertently. The way that it is created is there is a pattern of shared basic assumptions that the group learned as it solved problems while trying to adapt to its environment as a whole. Eventually, it worked well enough to be considered valid and taught to new members entering your business. It could be taught through formal training programs, but usually it is shaped informally by telling stories, myths, rituals, and shared beliefs that show the employee “how things are done around here.”
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