Invisible Culture

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Time Keeping
Generally, Irish people try to be on time when they have a meeting or appointment. Ireland is close to monochronic but not that strong compared with the Netherlands. For example when someone arranges to meet you at 7pm, about 15 minutes late is not a big deal. But late more than 30 minutes or 1 hour can be a problem. You have to say you are late before your meeting time and apologize to people whom you will meet. However if it is related to a school work or business, you should respect the deadline and meeting appointment. If not, you cannot get a high grade on your assignment and make a bad impression to your business partner or professor.

Greeting People
Irish people have the reputation of being very friendly. Ireland’s uncertain avoidance score in hofstede metric is very low. Having weak uncertainty avoidance indicates that the culture is less standardized and formal, and the risk is more likely to be accepted. There is an Irish proverb, “Life should be a dance, not race”, showing that the Irish are more flexible, think that there should be as few rules as possible. Therefore they are very open minded people and they like to meet new people and experience new culture. Generally people will shake hands when they meet for the first time. Not for the stranger but when they meet friend or their family they hug each other and say hello. Even more sometimes they meet someone who really well know each other or girlfriend(or boyfriend) will kiss on the cheek. Also people generally make eye contact because it is a sign of trust and that you are interested in what they are saying.

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Manners
Irish people always say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’. For example, when getting off a bus most people will thank the bus driver. They also usually queue in line and wait their turn in a shop. Ireland’s power distance score is very low. Irish people value the equity in the society and believe that all people in any position or status deserve an equal right. Moreover the relationship of Irish employees and employers tend to be informal, since there would be less hierarchy in the company. Bosses and subordinates are freely open to share the information and consulted each other quite often. Therefore they don’t see anyone lower than their own and respect everyone. This is reason why Irish people are well-mannered people.