Cultural nuances affect how you conduct business with international clients, but there may be additional differences to research when that area has multiple regions. Here are some things you should know when working with teams in the 4 countries that make up the United Kingdom.
Corporate Etiquette in the United Kingdom
The United Kingdom consists of England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, and while they have much in common, the people in each country have their own unique ways of doing things. Punctuality, scheduling meetings well in advance and coming prepared are typical in business throughout the U.K., however in London, you can expect a more formal business environment.
A vertical chain of command is also the norm in all countries with group consensus the preferred decision making process. There is an obvious distinction between older companies and newer, and how they conduct business, so know the company’s history as it may alter your approach. Scots are very business savvy and respect business success achieved over time.
Top 3 Project Management Applications for the United Kingdom
Collaborative software is a great tool when working with global project teams. Here are our recommendations for the best products for the U.K.
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 United Kingdom
The United Kingdom is #9 on the BSA 2016 Global Cloud Computing Scorecard slipping from #7 in 2015. The U.K. has comprehensive cyber and data protection laws that they strictly enforce, however, the United Kingdom had yet to implement all of the key provisions of the Convention on Cybercrime as of the 2016 scorecard.
In addition, the requirement of regulatory registration by companies could interfere with cloud computing progress. While cutting-edge intellectual property legislation is in place and regularly administered, a gap remains between the exact role of internet service providers and their enforcement of copyright laws. The United Kingdom has widespread broadband accessibility and a strong IT infrastructure.
Overall, the United Kingdom shares typically common business traits like being punctual, and prepared. However, getting a snap shot of each country will help you conduct business with colleagues in different parts of the United Kingdom. Here are some unique characteristics that may prove useful to know when you work with project teams in the U.K.
- England = reserved, but courteous and proud of their history
- Wales = family oriented, lighthearted, and while part of the U.K., have purposefully retained their own language and traditions
- Scotland = relaxed, generous, respectable, and proud of their heritage and different ways of doing things
- Northern Ireland = appreciate friendliness and authenticity, have a strong work ethic and value family ties