Work Culture Around the World

From South America and the Caribbean, through Europe and Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Australia – workplaces are as varied as the people that work in them. Fasten your seatbelts as we take a bird’s eye view of the work culture of employees around the world.



Chilean workplaces have longer hours than most countries in the world. The work week is officially 45 hours (down from 48 several years ago), but many employees work longer. Typical office hours are 8.30 am to 6 pm, with upper-level managers commonly working till 8 pm and beyond. A leisurely one to two hour lunch is common, as are many breaks for coffee and chatting. In other words, the long workday does not translate into high productivity.


There are 13 public holidays in Chile per year, and the law stipulates a minimum of 15 additional paid holidays. Pregnant women are entitled to six weeks of paid leave prior to giving birth and 12 weeks following birth. Workplaces employing more than 20 women are required to either provide childcare for children under the age of two, or pay for childcare elsewhere. A woman is entitled to one hour of each workday to feed her infant child.

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