Greece is relatively advanced in terms of gender equality in the workplace and foreign businesswomen will be treated fairly and with respect.

It is, however, important to maintain a professional approach and distance with male colleagues.

Although it is still fairly unusual to find senior female managers at the very highest levels of Greek-owned organisations, many multi-nationals promote Greek women to positions of authority.

Foreign business women may be surprised to find themselves complimented on their looks or fashion sense by male colleagues – this is all part of old-fashioned Greek charm and should be taken as such.

A brief overview of some key concepts to consider when doing business in Greece

Written and Produced by Keith Warburton

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This country profile has been produced to give a short overview of some of the key concepts to bear in mind when doing business with contacts in Greece. It is intended to be an aid to business people who have commercial dealings with counterparties in the country but should not be seen as an exhaustive guide to this topic or as a substitute for more substantial research should there be a need.

With this in mind, we have covered the areas which are key to a better understanding of the cultural mindset underpinning business dealings in Greece and which are, quite often, extremely different from the approach and thought processes associated with business in other parts of the world.

Therefore this briefing note is broken into short, bite-sized sections on the following topics:

  • Background to business
  • Business Structures
  • Management style
  • Meetings
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Women in business
  • Entertaining
  • Top tips