BLOG - JUNE 2020

Home - News and Resources - Explore Your Own and Your Global Colleagues’ Perception of Time

Why It’s Important to Explore Your Own and Your Global Colleagues’ Perception of Time

Read the following quotes from two global employees:

1) Employee with an Argentine background – about his experience in a Danish workplace:

I’ve learned the hard way that if I want to invite my Danish colleagues to a 'spontaneous' afternoon beer, then it should preferably be planned three weeks in advance!

2) Employee with a Danish background – about her experience in an Argentine workplace:

I’ve realized that if I call people to a meeting for 10:00 am, then everyone might show up by 10:30 am – or even later!

Consider which of the two employees you relate to the most.

Then that’s your clue as to whether your understanding of time is primarily linear – also called "monochrome" (like the Danish employee) or flexible – also called "polychrome" (like the Argentine employee).

It’s really useful knowledge to have when working with colleagues or business partners who may have a different perception of time to you.

Watch the video below and find out why (or click here, if you prefer to watch the video directly on YouTube).

Sign up for our newsletter

Want inspiration on how to work effectively across cultures? Then sign up for our newsletter to get expert advice, easy-to-use tools, and updates on C3 delivered straight to your inbox.

By signing up, you'll also get a free chapter from our book 'Global Perspectives: A Practical Guide to Navigating Across Cultures'.

Buy our book

Global Perspectives: A Practical Guide to Navigating Across Cultures

 "My copy of this book will be placed close to me on my office shelf – next to only a handful of other truly inspiring books I have read."
 -  Mette Bjerrekær, Group Vice President, GRUNDFOS

Buy at  Buy at SAXO  Buy at iMusic*

*) Recommended if you live outside Denmark.

Interested in a bulk purchase? Or like to know more about the book? Click here.