Canadian Workplace Culture and Expectations

In Canada, workplace expectations are sometimes quite different than many other countries and cultures. Canadian workplace culture expects you to be good at speaking, listening and socializing with other people; to know the etiquette of working harmoniously with co-workers, colleagues and supervisors; and to understand a good range of cross cultural differences in the workplace. There are resources which could help you in addressing the above issues in practical and knowledgeable ways.

One suggested resource is the book You're Hired...Now What? by Lynda Goldstein. While each workplace has it's own culture and nuances, Lynda outlines many of the general expectation of the Canadian workplace. As an example, we suggest looking at this chart which compares typical Canadian workplace expectations with expectations in other cultures.

Work with your employment counsellor to pick out other helpful resources.

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