Tip 1
Decentralisation and the need to consult widely are central to both political life and business life in Switzerland.
Tip 2
Individuals are expected to display high levels of diligence and technical competence in their approach to their jobs.
Tip 3
Swiss companies tend to be decentralised with high levels of autonomy being given to each business unit.
Tip 4
The Swiss desire clearly definable systems, which help people to understand both their personal roles within an organisation and their relationship with that organisation.
Tip 5
People have tended to remain fairly loyal to one organisation with little evidence of employee mobility or churn. This accords with the Swiss desire for order and conformity.
Tip 6
As a whole, the Swiss are uncomfortable with change which needs to be introduced slowly and explained fully.
Tip 7
Contrary to the stereotype, Swiss companies tend to be less hierarchically structured than comparable organisations in countries such as Germany or France.
Tip 8
It is important to be unpretentious in Switzerland. Don't let people think that you think you are somebody important. Reserve and objectivity are valued highly.
Tip 9
It is important to be seen as being technically proficient and to be able to demonstrate this proficiency. Being a 'jack of all trades' in Switzerland is not a virtue.
Tip 10
Although key decisions are made at the top, senior management will actively seek the approval of other levels of the organisation - knowing this to be imperative for successful implementation of new ideas.