How do different cultures view smoking?

By Sue Bryant
3rd April 2018

In countries like Britain and the USA, where there is a strong anti-smoking lobby, non-smokers resent the lengthy cigarette breaks taken by smoking colleagues. Smoking is socially isolating, unless you happen to have a lot of smoking colleagues, in which case, the smokers in a group will form an instant bond. But in many cultures, smoking is part of daily life. You will not win friends in business if you sit in front of your client fanning the air and coughing pointedly. Here are some examples of smoking culture around the world….

Etiquette for traveling with your boss

By Sue Bryant
1st February 2018

Traveling with your boss can be a very good opportunity to build on your relationship away from the pressures of the workplace. It is also a useful way for your boss to observe you and to see how you represent the company outside the office. On your part, a work trip can be a chance to impress your superior with your professionalism and organizational skills. Of course, the relationship and the way it is conducted on the road will vary from one corporate culture to another, and one country to another, but the rules are the same: the key to a successful business trip is to be prepared – and to think about etiquette….

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