Being late to virtual meetings with U.S. clients or colleagues can mark the beginning of the end for many cross-border client building relationships.
How time management differs across cultures
Why? The answer is already given earlier in this post, or read this post for more.
Americans and Indians obviously manage time very differently. This is a big culture difference.
Note: Some of these differences are based on my experience living in Kerala. There are variations to this behavior in different parts of India.
In the U.S. if you are late, the person waiting for you will not only think you can’t manage time, or look irritated or impatient, they may think any of the following about you:
If you are late, you are irresponsible.
If you are late, you did not do the work.
If you are late, you will not finish work on time.
If you are late, you are not interested in this meeting.
If you are late, you don’t care about this work or appointment.
If you are late, you don’t respect me or yourself or your time.
If you are late, you don’t care about me! (Yes, some can and do take it personally!)
Jennifer Kumar, provides training and consulting to India based software teams who provide consulting and IT services to US clients. Contact us for more information.
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