Business etiquette in Switzerland

Hello everybody,

As you know, professional habits may differ from one country to another. In order to help newly arrived expats better understand their new professional environment in Switzerland, we warmly encourage you to share information and insights about the do’s and don’ts in the workplace.

For instance, are there office manners? How do you greet your co-workers? Do you greet your management differently? Is there a dress code? Particular rules to observe? Maybe a professional body language?

On another level, what is key for a successful professional meeting? Are there any steps to follow? How do you a start a negotiation?

In other words, what are the most important things to know for a successful professional integration in Switzerland?

Thank you in advance for sharing your experience!


In doing business in Switzerland, consider:
- Take your time. Swiss don't decide "on the spot". A try to make a quick deal will be regarded as "superficial" or "without serious interest" by your Swiss business partner.
- Swiss are loyal to their current suppliers. You need to bring very good arguments and invest a lot of time in a good and trustworthy relation to change this.
- Swiss are keen on "buying Swiss". It cn be helpful to carefully select a Swiss business partner.
- A detailed business and company presentation is required. Better present yourself as a business that wants to invest in a long term relation instead of a business that wants to achieve quick deals and quick profits.
- Swiss are perfectionists. Offers should be detailed, serious and be presented with care. Quality and punctuality are very important. Don't expect a Swiss to decide quickly.
- It can take a lot of time to gain the trust of a Swiss business partner. Once you've got that, you'll find a loyal and trustworthy customer.

New topic

Questions and answers about the labor market

Ask your question
Looking for a job or to study in Switzerland
By Lea-Ann
Jelena Marjanovic
Solo girl moving to Lausanne
By Jelena Marjanovic
Looking for a job Switzerland, Zurich
By Alex.butura
Looking for job vacancy
By Jamphel2016
Samri mohamed
job oppotunity
By Samri mohamed

Expatriate health insurance in Switzerland

Free advice and quotation service to choose an expat health insurance in Switzerland

Moving to Switzerland

Find tips from professionals about moving to Switzerland

Travel insurance in Switzerland

Enjoy a stress-free travel across Switzerland

Flights to Switzerland

Find the best prices for your flight tickets to Switzerland