(Closed) Different Cultures More Anal Retentive?

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Post # 3
3638 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Is it possible that they need you to fix the problem before they go home for the day and due to the time difference that means a lot sooner than you think?

Also, in terms of detail, I guess some people think it’s better to give you more than enough? 

Not really sure, but I’m glad that you can vent on WB and get it all out! 🙂

Post # 4
705 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’ve never had your particular experience, but I have to admit, I think I might be more like the international coworkers you describe.  I hate getting emails that don’t have enough information and going days upon days without getting a response to an email or phone call.  But hey, that’s just me!

Post # 5
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper


I taught overseas for a while, and one thing we focused on with our students with cultural communication styles. There are several different continuums that measure interaction and communication within different cultures. I bet reading about them would help you do your job a lot more effectively!

Let me try to find some basic info online about a few of them for you…

Post # 6
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

High and Low Context cultures – the amount of information that can be inferred from communication, rather than directly stated.

Monocromatic and Polycromatic cultures – how time is viewed

Collectivist and Individualist cultures (scroll down to the part with the propositions) – value of the individual versus value of the group; this could come into play if your time frame affects their ability to work, like if they need your step in the process to move forward

Direct and Indirect cultures – this may not be communicated as much through email, but it would affect the expectations that your colleagues would have for you.

Moral particularism and utilitariansim – basically questions whether there is universal morality, or if it’s all situational; not really relevant, but still interesting 🙂


Whew! That really brings me back! This is all stuff I studied in cross cultural communications courses in college, but some of it’s still relatively new, idealogically, so there’s not a lot of info out there on some of it.

In the end, it boils down to the fact that there are several factors at play in culture, many of which directly affect the way people communicate, and each culture is made up of a unique set of these factors, which all exist on continuums. I wish I could give you a write up of each culture, but beyond the US and China, I’m not familiar enough with each culture to peg them on each continuum, and I have never seen well written national continuums for most of these. Like I said, still a newer branch of study. 🙂

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