Work environment: Perhaps the part I like the most about being here. I was expecting Europeans to be much more hard workers than us Latin-Americans but not at this level. Back in Latin America you can easily find some lazy workers and others that work double in the same office; here most of the employees work at the same level and with an infinite hunger to get more work and recognition.
It is very common to arrive early at the office and leave late and don’t ask for extra overtime money (WTF??!!), I heard this happens in many many companies in here. Really impressive love for what you do 🙂
Another unique characteristic of Lithuanians is their speed. They are extremely fast at everything. This is very good, but also has its (very small) consequences. You have 10 tasks and you have 4 hours to finish them, but you do it in one hour, the rest of the time you will get bored and wanting more. Also, when executing tasks at such speed, it is very likely to make mistakes, although since I arrive here I haven’t seen much mistakes made by my colleagues.
The environment is silent most of the time, but you can always hear girls gossiping around, guys making jokes and random things going on. When there is no assignments pending, workers go to the leisure zone and play table football, video games or drink coffee between themselves. The Italian/Spanish corner is more turbulent and dramatic, of course hehehe.
But the biggest shock ever is the body language used in online communication. I mean, while we chat via Skype or send a message or e-mail to our clients. Europeans in general use a lot of smiley faces. WOW !!! I was so shocked by this. It makes sense now, since it makes easier to know if the person is happy or angry with you. I mean, specially in Latin America , we don’t use them at ALL in business environment.
Something very peculiar about the company where I am working is the amount of activities they engage their employees with. When I was very active in my student association AIESEC, we used to have one team building per quarter, in my last company I never had one in two years, the same as in the university I worked. Here, I had at least 2 or 3 per quarter, it is AMAZING. The company values a lot their workers and we cannot be more satisfied than that.
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