Poles can appear suspicious of people that they don’t know and this can mean that it takes a new team quite a long time to work effectively together.
This suspicion is possibly a result of historical pressures (foreign domination, Soviet-era uncertainties etc.) and it can have definite impacts on team-building.
Once a team is established and is functioning well together, it is probably best to try to keep them together for a protracted period – introducing new members only when necessary. If, however, it is not possible to keep teams together it is worth setting aside some time for initial team-building exercises. These team-building exercises should prove invaluable in getting the team to work together effectively in the shortest possible timeframe.
(NB It is probably true that this ‘suspicious’ nature is less prevalent amongst younger Poles who were not as influenced by Soviet-era policies.)
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