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Delivering Time Management for IT Professionals: A Trainer's Manual by Dr. Jan Yager

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Cross-cultural issues

How time is managed can also be very much a cross-cultural concern, within one's own country and especially between countries. As pointed out in the previous module on work-life balance, in the section on vacation, the United States lacks a mandatory vacation requirement while Germany and other countries require four weeks off a year. Travel eight hours to Europe in the summer and expect your business colleague to meet you at your peril. For most, that is sacred vacation time although you might be fortunate enough to find a compassionate business associate who will take a meeting anyway.

But definitely check the closing times whenever you travel for business because you may find yourself wasting a lot of time if you arrive ...

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