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Lastly, do not assume that in a business setting, everyone speaks English, the language of business is Spanish and it is advisable to hire an interpreter to conduct meetings.
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In a social setting, any attempt to speak Spanish despite an obvious accent or limited fluidity will be welcomed. Cultural Information - Display of Emotion Question: Are public displays of affection, anger or other emotions acceptable? Displays of emotions are not acceptable in the work place. Peruvians tend to show their best attitude even in painful or problematic situations. However, when most Peruvian are mad at you, they tend to express this by becoming drastically silent towards you, which could last for days.
Display of emotions is quite liberal in Peru, perhaps more so than in North America. It is not uncommon to see public display of affection, mostly the younger generation given that young adults still live with their parents up until marriage gradually changing.
That being said, not only is affection more heightened but unfortunately so is anger. Anger tends to be more intensified specifically when it comes to protests and strikes. Peruvians use violence recurrently as a tactic to get a message across as dialogue is perceived and believed to be ineffective and drawn out in some social groups. Violence has proved time and time again to pressure politicians to react immediately rather than diffuse issues. As a result news are plagued with violence and unfortunately insecurity is on the rise and perhaps part of the Peruvian psyche once again.
What should I know about the workplace environment deadlines, dress, formality, etc. For Peruvians, good impressions are based on good physical looks such as ironed clothes, polished shoes and self-grooming e. Peruvians are sensitive to smell. Some people will use perfume, however, everybody tries to show evidence of daily hygiene. In terms of clothing, Peruvians dress formally at work not necessarily a suit, but clothes that conform to Peruvian standards.
It is recommended for women to avoid mini-skirts to be respectful of the masculine gender. Punctuality is very hard in Lima due to the lack of modern transportation infrastructure.
This generates huge traffic jams all over the city from 6 a. Employees often have to leave home 2 hours early in order to get to work on time. Most Peruvian bosses are very strict on late arriving employees. Peruvian employee do not have freedom to plan their work schedule, they have to work within the confines of the schedule provided by their boss or company. Everybody starts and finishes at the same time.
Most late employees receive hard sanctions or could even get fired if they are frequently late. On the other hand, employees might accept to work extra time if needed.
In the workplace, colleagues may call one another by their first names, depending on their relationship. Similarly to the formality of greeting, in terms of attire, the work environment is considered formal although it can depend on the sector.
Mining, infrastructure and construction are more casual outside of corporate offices. Much the same for social outings; women tend to dress more formally and elegant than in North America. Weddings are formal events. Contrary to ten years ago, Peru now has impressive shopping malls with many high end stores. Whereas punctuality varies from person to person, there is no one template.
In business, for the most part, people are punctual but tardiness is not unusual, mostly given the chaotic traffic in Lima. Deadlines are a guessing game at times: How will I know how my staff view me? Peruvians tend to respect a leader with such qualities as models to emulate.
Most leaders will develop closer relations with one or two employees in order to receive some feedback.
Most Peruvians work long hours; twelve hours a day on average plus commuting 5 to 6 days a week. Peruvians would prefer an honest, open and communicative manager.
Managers should be direct within limits but direction is important in Peru without being a micro manager. However, with staggering rates of informality in Peru, such managers are scarce. A notable difference between North America and Peru, is that in North America managers tend to give more autonomy to their employees than in Peru.
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In the workplace, how are decisions taken and by whom? Is it acceptable to go to my immediate supervisor for answers or feedback? This has put people from Criollo ethnicity people who claim Spanish heritage at the top of the social and political hierarchy. This has an impact on the workplace, especially in the allocation of positions and duties. Despite that, women and Andean populations have improved their access to education and in more modern times can be found working in public institutions.
Senior leadership and managerial positions continue to be held mostly by people of Criollo —explaining this social dynamics is difficult to do in a short paragraph. People of Cholo background are often discriminated on the grounds of credibility even intellectual ; this attitude can come from men or women. On the other hand, people who claim to be Criollo do not necessarily look like Europeans in appearance.
This goes to show that ethnicity is often based on an unconscious bias and attitude deeply ingrained in the Peruvian mentality.
The ethnic differences are more entrenched in the values, with Criollo people embracing European and North American values modernity, progress, global life, leadership, positions, etc. This class perception also affects women with the Criolla woman discriminating against the Cholo woman. You will observe that TV hosts for ads, news, etc. In fact, media projects images of beauty that do not reflect the cultural reality of most Peruvians.
This affects the workplace relations, example, when a Criollo is subordinated to a position occupied by a Cholo. Gender, class and ethnicity in Peru remains an issue of discrimination although it has improved considerably. Prominent families such as the Benavides, Brescia and Romero to name only a few are leading entrepreneurs in Peru dominating the mining, financial, banking, insurance, hospitality sectors, etc.
The contrast between the ultra-rich and middle class and poor segment of the population can be a factor in organization behaviour and office dynamics. Women are starting to make great strides but mostly dominate in the household for the time being. Gender, Class, Religion and Ethnicity. But, for traditional and oddly some non-traditional folk, you become a woman when you consummate your marriage. For many couples this is the ultimate no-no. A variety of reasons for this come to mind: This is also visible for mixed couples like myself and my significant other.
Prostitution is also illegal and while the two things are mutually exclusive topics they both occur in Morocco. On an almost contradictory point, I should point out in big cities some couples actually live together. I lived with my Moroccan boyfriend for about a year before we got engaged. This post is not the all-encompassing guide on dating in Morocco, but I hope it will shed light on some stereotypes and give you a different perspective on a topic that is usually hush-hush.
By keeping these experiences only in private conversations, we give power to the taboo and no one wants to feel like their desire for love is taboo.
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