Concept of time

In the Netherlands, time is money. You are expected to be punctual as being late may 'damage' your image.

If you do find yourself running late, you should contact the relevant person and make them aware of this. Frequent lateness will affect your standing with the individual or company concerned, as a lack of time management is considered to be a trait of an unreliable worker.

Small talk

During business meeting, small talk is usually kept short. Avoid controversial topics and getting too personal too quickly. A short exchange about the weather will do just fine!

Planning ahead

The Dutch tend to plan for the long term, so schedules (both social and working) are often set weeks or even months in advance.

Source: Expertise in Labour Mobility

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