When collaborating with international team members, take time to research how they conduct business. Here are some things you should know when working with colleagues in Brazil.
Corporate Etiquette in Brazil
Personal relationships are important to your Brazilian counterparts, and they prefer to conduct business in person. Consider working with a Brazilian contact in your industry to make introductions. Check Brazil’s holiday and festival calendar before making appointments, scheduling meetings at least 2 weeks in advance.
Prepare for a slower pace when conducting business, and establish rapport at the start of each meeting. Brazilians negotiate deals slowly, so be consistent throughout the process, be sure to get a written contract with all the details specified, and consider hiring local financial and legal representatives if needed during contract negotiations.
Top 3 Project Management Applications for Brazil
It is important for project success that your collaborative software facilitate the best communication possible. Here are our product recommendations for the Brazilian market.
Tackle complex projects with Wrike’s award-winning project management software. Break projects into simple steps, assign tasks to team members, and visualize progress with Gantt charts, Kanban boards, and calendars. Manage resource allocation and forecasting with software that’s easy to launch. Automation and AI features strip away time-consuming admin tasks so you can do the best work of your life. Streamline your practices, align your team, and ensure you hit deadlines and stay on budget.
monday.com Work OS is the project management software that helps you and your team plan, execute, and track projects and workflows in one collaborative space. Manage everything from simple to complex projects more efficiently with the help of visual boards, 200+ ready-made templates, clever no-code automations, and easy integrations. In addition, custom dashboards simplify reporting, so you can evaluate your progress and make data-driven decisions.
Cloud Computing in Brazil
Brazil, 22nd on the 2016 BSA Global Cloud Computing Scorecard, focuses on the digital economy and information technology. However, trade barriers and regulation implementation still pose innovation obstacles.
Brazil has not signed the WIPO Copyright Treaty, and still has no privacy laws or intellectual property protections. Online piracy is prevalent, but due to a slow moving court system, copyright holders don’t usually see those guilty of piracy held accountable. Brazil has made improvements in internet infrastructure and security.
While you should be punctual to business meetings, be aware that Brazilians view time casually. Factor in 15-30 extra minutes for tardiness plus a few minutes for small talk before discussing agenda items.
Brazilians are passionate and demonstrative, so prepare for a more assertive conversational and interaction style. Appearance is important to Brazilians, so dress well, stay in a nice hotel and entertain in upscale restaurants. Men typically wear traditional dark suits and ties, while women opt for a polished look including feminine dresses or suits.