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    Tips on Russian work culture?

    Guys,

    I'm managing a small team of Russian engineers and I get a little puzzled about the work culture here. I sometimes get totally mad at some of the guys. I'm terribly ashamed about that as I know I should adapt to the way people work and not the other way round.
    A little bit of insight about Russian work place culture and habits would definitely help me adapt faster but I don't have a clue where to get it.

    Any tips?

    thanks,

    lucie

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    Speed and taking personal responsibility are not their strong points.

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    work

    - prepare everything to be done, especially meetings, 20 minutes earlier, so meeting at 4.30 actually means 5pm... same if you are leaving, Rooskies tend to ring every second out of each minute and are never early, rarely on time, but usually do arrive..

    - never approach anything from a straight forward logical perspective - that don't work here (sorry)

    - be emotional - but maybe not with the guys.. speeds things up ALOT

    - be prepared to share your birthday (this is really sweet) buy some cakes, chocs, fruit and they'll love ya for it... and bring it into office (could help with bonding)

    - ultimately, forget everything you know... watch, listen and learn...

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    Tip #1 -
    There is NO work culture in Russia.
    FLEUR FLEURIE

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    shake hands with everyone all day long
    never believe anything until it has been officially denied

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    hand shakes?

    Originally posted by polly
    shake hands with everyone all day long
    Now, that's interesting. In France you do shake hands with everyone all day long. Here I noticed that they don't shake hands with you if you're a woman until they get more familiar with you. Right now I shake hands with 50% of the office, the rest sticks on waving sweetly and saying privet from a respectable distance

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    oh, well women don't shake hands. but men shake hands until the cows come home. well at least once per coworker, and then you're supposed to nod your head all day long when yuo pass someone yuo've already shaken hands with.

    women just get a "hello" first time aroudn during the day. as far as i can tell, anyway...
    never believe anything until it has been officially denied

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    The Soviet mentality was to be safe.
    So if they see a better way to do it they won't because that is not safe.
    They will do it the old way because they cannot be blamed for doing that way. It is safe, for them.
    If you want something done differently then make them understand that it is not safe to do it the old way. i.e. they will be fired if they do it the old way.
    The stick seems to work much better than the carrot here.

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    Expect them to do very little until they are up against deadline or threats

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    Re: work

    Originally posted by lyndsay
    be emotional - but maybe not with the guys.. speeds things up ALOT
    Does being emotional include losing your temper when you're mad at something some has done/not done?
    I sometimes get the disquieting feeling that after a wild scene of screaming, fuming, banging my fit on the table and threatening to fire the whole team things get done.
    Are managers expected to terrorize their team?
    Is this the good ol' Ivan Grozny stuff all over again?

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    Re: Re: work

    Originally posted by flucie
    Are managers expected to terrorize their team?
    Is this the good ol' Ivan Grozny stuff all over again?
    You just answered and explained the attitude that is required to ge things done. Yes, to be flucie the terrible is the way, and then you come back home and treat your bf nicely...
    "Сейчас мы его с левого фланга нае..м!" (С)

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    Time for

    "shctraff' - fine

    I first managed a tea in Siberia - sort of motivate through love.. failed... created fines after being advised by an ol 60+ manager of a factory..... worked (I really suffered the thought but realsied I had to do something)... never fined anybody once, but the fact is it changed everything and losing your temper is not seen as a weakness here -

    Good luck... but be patient ..you are in a new culture and I actually prefer the way they do things ... you just get a bit less stressed once you understand that nothing will change..

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    if you are a woman managing a team of mostly men... get out the whip, honey. you want to make sure no one thinks you're "cute" or they're just gonna shine you on and on and on...
    never believe anything until it has been officially denied

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    but

    maybe she looks cute with a whip

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    grooarg

    ok, I will be a real tigress then!

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