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- First of all, being late is very unpopular in Canada. You will want to be at the office early, in order to be fully ready to work on time. If you have a problem that will make you absent or very late, call your superior in order to notify him.
- The daily working schedules are, most of the time, shorter than anywhere else, especially in Quebec! It is quite unusual to finish your working day after 5 p.m. But this means that you will generally have fewer holidays. There are only nine official holidays and 10 days of paid holidays per year when you start.
- The relationships between employees are quite special as well. They don’t mix private life and professional life. It is unpopular to talk about your personal problems with your coworkers, and most of your conversations will be only small talk and chitchat about the weather! Even if you find your workplace quite relaxed, you should always have formal relationships with your colleagues, and even more with your superiors.
- The workplace culture of Canada valorizes teambuilding and teamwork efforts. You should always be ready to help your coworkers. Collaboration is important, but independence and personal initiative is too. Make sure you understand and adapt to the corporate culture in your company.
- Hierarchies exist and must be respected, but it’s generally flexible. You shouldn’t be surprised if you are asked to share your point of view, even on things which you feel you have no concern in or no responsibility for. Brainstorming is common.
- Use of non-confrontational and politically correct communication is of paramount importance in workplace culture in Canada. It can also be surprising for you to realize that there is visual contact between you and the person you are talking to, as it is considered as a mark of politeness and respect.
The workplace culture in Canada may be quite different from what you are used to, but it is considered fairly easy to adapt to, and accepted as a means to avoid stress and enhance productivity. Take a step back and take time to observe the differences and work your way through them, the rest will follow.