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As an expatriate, working in Rome can be an incredible experience. To start your relationship with your employers and colleagues on the right foot, getting acquainted with the work culture and norms can contribute to making your work experience a great one.

Working with Italians

Thanks to the substantial value given to human relationships at work and family in general, working with Italians in Rome can be fantastic. Professionals of Italian origins tend to be very welcoming and approachable. Moreover, Romans love eating and conversing. As compared to Milanese people, Romans rarely eat on their own which is why you may often be invited to join your team for lunch, whether at the office or outside the premises. This is a great opportunity for you to get to know and bond with people within your professional circle.

As mentioned above, the family plays a significant role in Roman culture. If you happen to have children, you will find out that Romans are very understanding in situations where you must drop off or pick up your children from school – or even look after them when they are sick. In case one of your relatives suffers from an illness or passes away, Roman companies will show a lot of support and will encourage you to take some time off, if need be.

It is important to highlight that lack of organisation and punctuality can sometimes cause some issues in the working style and flow. However, results and efficiency remain top priorities in any company.

Work schedules

In any classic job, a day’s work comprises of eight hours and a total of 40 hours per week from Monday through to Friday. Working hours are usually between 9 pm to 6 pm. These include a lunch break at 1 pm and two short 15-minutes breaks in the morning and the afternoon. Depending on the field you work in, your work schedules may vary slightly - Some people may start their day at 8.30am, others at 9.30 am. Some companies are quite flexible when it comes to working schedules by allowing their employees to clock in anytime between 8 am and 10 am and to adjust their time they leave work accordingly.

It is good to note that working in a store, catering, hospitality or call centres involve quite different working hours. These are called turni or work shifts. It is widespread to not start work at the same time every day and to work any day of the week.

Dress code

Across Rome, most companies – especially the emerging ones – promote a very relaxed and comfortable dress code, although decent. In summer, for instance, females can wear sandals, skirts and dresses when the temperature rises. It is however advised to prefer a formal style in case one works with clients regularly.

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