West coast business etiquette involves wearing of casual clothes where no strict rules pertaining to the dress code or grooming of the employees in a business organization. The workers in an organization put on casual attire without the need to stick to suits and ties like in the east coast. The nature of shoes to be put on by employees of a business organization in the west coast does not have to take into consideration the official aspects. The casual shoes are highly accepted at the business environment of the west coast. The informal dress code is highly accepted in the West coast making employees relaxed in the way they approach their job activities in the business environment.
West coast business etiquette does not take into consideration the formalities of wearing black suits, as well as neckties in the business environment. The employees in a business environment can wear casual clothes in the normal operations of the business. The employees, therefore, do not stick to the conservative mode of dress code in the business environment.
The nature of communication in the business environment, in the West Coast is informal, and there is no the procedural communication. Informal conversations and jokes are welcomed at the business environment making the people lively as they work in a business organization. The use of slang at the west Coast is also accepted making conversations very informal in the business environment. West coast business etiquette also promotes a friendly and jovial manners of employees or workers in a business environment. The workers may extent some play and jokes at the job place. The use of gestures and other non-verbal forms of communications are acceptable in the business environment or set up off the west coast. The individuals are often addressed informally, for instance, people are addressed by their first names even in the business environment. There is no the use of job titles or academic qualifications at the introduction since the introductions are often very informal. The west Coast business puts little focus and emphasis on the academic qualifications or institution attended when it comes to the job introductions (Mallinson, 2005, p.18). The academic titles and qualifications are rarely mentioned in the west coast business environment.
The shaking of hands in the west coast is considered a form of respect in the business environment. The handshake greetings are, therefore, valued highly in a business environment. The extent and nature of eye contact is a factor of consideration in the West coast business etiquette, in a business environment. The people should maintain eye contact until the handshake is finalized. This shows respect in the West coast etiquette. The west coast business etiquette accepts the aspects of slow walking in the business environment. Workers can just walk around while talking without hurry in the business environment.
The business etiquette in the west Coast takes into consideration the aspects of gender, race and religion. These topics are avoided as much as possible in the business environment because they may lead to negative reactions among the employees (Bouchentouf, 2013, p.16). The people working for the business tend to avoid such topics concerning gender, religion and racial discrimination in order to try as much as possible to eliminate any bias that may arise in the business environment. The safe topics like football and politics are acceptable in the business etiquette of West Coast because they are not prone to negative reactions among individuals in the business environment.
In the context of West Coast business etiquette, the business meetings tend to be informal where individuals often shake hands and have talks even before the beginning of the meeting. The attires to the business meeting must not be official, they can be casual. These meetings are mainly to point out the opinions, but they do not serve the purpose of decision making. The meetings also give emphasis on the general ideas and outline. Presentations during the meetings are often done at loud voice so as to attract the attention of the audience.
West coast business etiquette also entails the culture in which workers spend a lot of time in their work place. Most workers focus on the job, and they may even sleep and eat in the offices in order to stick to their job activities in the business sector. In the West coast, it is considered normal and ethical to sleep, breath and have lunch in the business premises.
The aspects relating to dining etiquette in the west coast are of great importance in the business environment and the social setting. Tea is the main meal for the people in the west coast which is commonly consumed during the evening times. There are no specific or the defined rules of etiquette in taking tea in the West Coast (Phillips, 2013, p.24). It is clear that some families take their meals together on the same table while other families do consume their meals as they sit round the television. The dining etiquettes in the west Coast have no particular pattern followed. This is, therefore, suitable for most hotel businesses because there are no specific regulations governing such.
West coast business etiquette also appeals to the nature of dances at the business parties. The dances of the parties or business events and occasions stress on the distance between people who are dancing. These dances aim at reducing body contact between the employees of the company while dancing at the parties. Some personal space is provided between the dancers so as to reduce or avoid body contact.
The west coast business etiquette promotes the use of financial incentives and bonuses in order to promote the people to work hard for the organization. The nature of payment, therefore, motivates people to work for a business organization in the West coast. The precautions provided to the dances at the business party events are advised to brush their teeth well in order to avoid such awkward moments during the dance. The mouths should also be kept dry and clean.
Dining etiquette in the West Coast also involves the sprinkling of water on food as well as covering the food with green leaves. The food is then eaten as a banquet. This is prescribed by the Maori tradition in the west Coast. Dining etiquette in the west Coast also involves drinking a lot of water and wine during meals. The use of fork and knife is a common dining practice in the business environment of the West coast. Personal space in the West Coast is an important aspect of business etiquette especially in a business environment. The cases of kissing and hugging are not appreciated in the business culture of the west coast.
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