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[url=https://www.cpl.ie/Blog/Building-Your-Career/2015-%281%29/July/Cultural-facts-you-need-to-know-when-working-abroa][/url]Cultures around the world befriend their co-workers in different ways. Going for a few drinks after work is the norm in most workplaces. However, in South Korea and Japan, this is taken to a whole new level.
According to a 2014 survey, people in South Korea drink more alcohol on average than in America, Russia and Ireland put together. In Japan, having numerous drinks with a client or colleague is a way of building trust. It provides the platform for sharing feelings and nipping any conflict in the bud, in fact it’s seen as a sign that you can be trusted.
If you’re working in Brazil be prepared for close-talkers. For Brazilians, closeness in conversation inspires trust, and trust builds long term relationships. If you’re working in Finland then brace yourself for a sauna invitation being extended your way. This bathing ritual is an integral part of the Finish culture and a perfect opportunity to build rapport. If this idea horrifies you, it’s okay to let new colleagues know. Being honest will be appreciated and showing curiosity for their traditions even more so.