Understanding work culture in Vienna

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Updated 2023-07-30 13:33

Relocating to a different city for work can feel overwhelming, particularly when you have limited knowledge about the local culture. To facilitate a smoother transition, here is some valuable information about the work environment in Vienna.

Working schedules in Vienna

A typical day in Vienna's offices usually begins between 8 and 9 in the morning.

Certain employers may offer a flexible working arrangement known as "Gleitzeit," where you have a designated time frame within which you need to arrive at work, rather than a specific hour.

For individuals working full-time (38.5 hours per week), the standard office hours are Monday to Friday from 8 am to 5 pm, with a one-hour lunch break included.

However, the specific hours may vary depending on the company you work for, and it could potentially lead to spending more time in the office.

The professional etiquette in Vienna

Business etiquette, in general, tends to be quite conservative. It's important to address your boss in a formal manner using "Sie" instead of "Du." This distinction may be challenging at first, especially since English doesn't have a similar difference. Typically, you should use the "Sie" form when speaking to someone you don't know. Among coworkers, a friendly tone is usually acceptable.

Good to know:

In recent years, many Viennese companies have adopted a more informal "du" policy. It's advisable to familiarise yourself with this at the beginning.

Viennese people are known for being reserved and sometimes old-fashioned in their professional lives. It's best to adapt to this sooner rather than later.

However, things change when it comes to after-work drinks or the famous Christmas parties that every office celebrates with great enthusiasm! You might be surprised to see your seemingly shy desk neighbor or even your boss letting loose after a few "Spritzers" (white wine with sparkling water).

Austrians, like Germans, are punctual and focused on work during office hours, though they may be slightly more relaxed. Nevertheless, there's always time for a well-deserved coffee break or a few of them - Viennese people simply love their quick cup of energy.

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