Grenada is a mountainous island is the Caribbean with a host of rare tropical flowers and miles of beautiful beaches. It's the perfect location for an unforgettable vacation. However, depending on the industry you work in, you might have to spend a few days in Grenada on business.
Although the people who live in Grenada are fairly relaxed, familiarizing yourself with the local business culture can ensure that you maintain a professional image when conducting business with your colleagues.
Meetings and Negotiations
- A handshake is the appropriate greeting in formal settings.
- Bargaining over prices is common in business; therefore, leave room for negotiating. It's also important that you are honest about price. People in Grenada are non-confrontational. Therefore, remain calm when discussing business. Decisions can take a while and you'll need to be patient.
- Regarding personal space, locals tend to stand at arm's length from each other. However, this distance increases in business settings. Although touching hands is common when conversing with friends, this behavior does not occur in formal settings.
- Direct eye contact is acceptable when conducting business, but balance is important. Too much eye contact or staring is considered rude.
- Gifts are not expected when attending business meetings.
Casual attire is not appropriate in formal settings. At work, males typically wear dress pants and a collared shirt. Appropriate business attire for women include dress pants, skirts, dresses and a blouse.
Titles and Business Cards
When meeting with a local business person, address this individual by his or her title followed by a surname. It is considered rude to address a person by first name, unless you've been given permission. There are no specific rules regarding business cards. However, when exchanging business cards, it's common courtesy to treat the card with respect. For example, glance at the card before putting it in a case. And since English is the official language in Grenada, make sure that one side of the card is translated into English.
Although it is acceptable to be late to informal functions, punctuality is expected in professional settings. Be aware that buses and other services often run late in Grenada. If using public transportation to attend a business meeting, leave your hotel early.
Whether you're conducting business in Grenada on a short-term basis or you're permanently moving to the region for work, understanding how to handle yourself in formal settings can alleviate offending your foreign counterparts.