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Culture of International Business

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FC: Netherlands By Jordan WiliamS

2: When you meet people: Shake hands when you meet them and when you leave. Introduce yourself. Shake hands with everyone (including children). Do not shout or wave at someone from a distance.

3: Gifts: Generally not given or expected at a business meeting. Exchanged in business only once a close or a personal relationship. When invited to someone's house, bring a small gift to the hostess. Bring children a small gift or candy.

4: Dress/Attire: Casual, unpretentious, conservative and subdued.

5: Gestures: DON'T tap the center of your forehead with your index finger. It's the sign for "crazy" and is considered an impolite gesture.

6: Work Week Hours: Maximum of 9 hours a day. 45 hours a week. Only allowed to work 2080 hours a year. Monday-Friday.

7: Business Practices: They are punctual; call if you are delayed. Presentations should be practical, factual, and simple. The dutch tend to give direct questions. They will keep talking until all parties agree. Once decisions are made, things happen fast.

8: Business Hours: Most shops are opened every day from around 9 a.m. till 5.30 p.m. Monday morning shops often open around noon. Thursday is usually a shopping night till 9 p.m. Most banks open from Tuesday till Friday. Post offices are open from Monday till Friday. Only a few major offices are also open on Saturday morning.

9: Vacation or Holiday Practices: Minimum of 20 days a year for a holiday. Employers often allow 5 extra days. Employees recieve normal pay during their holidays.

10: Do's and Don't (advice): Don't Avoid confrontational behaviour or high- pressure tactics. Make sure communication is direct and to the point. Make sure your arguments are rational as opposed to emotional. Use facts and figures to confirm your statements.

11: Other Supplemental Info related to the country: Appearances are important to the Dutch. They are disciplined, conservative, and pay attention to the smallest details. They see themselves as thrifty, hardworking, practical and well organized. They place high value on cleanliness and neatness. The boss may be the final decision maker, but he/she will typically want input from the workers and will strive for consensus.

12: Works Cited: GOing Global Magazine

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