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.)
This country-specific business culture profile was written by Keith Warburton who is the founder of the cultural awareness training consultancy Global Business Culture.
Global Business culture is a leading training provider in the fields of cross-cultural communication and global virtual team working. We provide training to global corporations in live classroom-based formats, through webinars and also through our cultural awareness digital learning hub, Global Business Compass.
This World Business Culture profile is designed as an introduction to business culture in Poland only and a more detailed understanding needs a more in-depth exploration which we can provide through our training and consultancy services.
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