Exchanging ideas with foreign business partners can provide new perspectives for a project manager. Here are some things to keep in mind when collaborating with teammates in the Netherlands.
Corporate Etiquette in the Netherlands
Your Dutch counterparts are punctual for business meetings, and expect the same from you. Being on time, prepared, and meeting deadlines all build trust, show cooperation and get your relationship off to a good start.
The Dutch are successful and experienced in international business. Meetings start on time and begin with agenda items, making negotiations move along quickly. They are money conscious, pragmatic, and opt for a consensus when making decisions, but once a course of action is firm, execution is quick and proficient.
Top 3 Project Management Applications for The Netherlands
Collaborative software is a great tool to facilitate a successful project. Here are our recommendations for the Dutch market.
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.
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.
Cloud Computing in The Netherlands
The Netherlands is #8 on the 2018 Global Connectivity Index (GCI) as the Dutch maintain stellar performance in many areas including smart phone saturation, 4G coverage and cloud migration. Their infrastructure is strong, and their speeds improving. North Groningen is also the first province to launch the 5G testbed in rural areas.
The Netherlands is one of the digital hubs in Europe, and a leader in the advancement and integration of information and communication technologies. ICT will encourage cloud usage in the business sector, and the Dutch government has set fall 2019 for increased 5G next steps.
The Dutch esteem education, value hard work and are frugal. They are straightforward with their intentions but still polite. Your international colleagues are innovative and ambitious, maintaining an unpretentious manner.
Appropriate business attire includes a traditional suit or sport coat with tie for men and a conservative suit or dress for women. Business lunches are common, and if your Dutch teammate makes a point that you’re his/her guest, they’ll be paying; otherwise, expect to split the bill.