WEEK 2: Spanish Work Culture
Welcome to the second blog of our theme month. For the entire month of May in 2022, we organised the Work in Barcelona! month.
This month was all about providing you with the ultimate guide to working in Barcelona, where we dived into a different topic every week. On the right, you can see the different theme weeks.
We shared our best tips on how to improve your employability through CV writing and your social media presence. As well as, how the Spanish work culture works, what kind of paperwork and documents you’ll need and lastly living in Barcelona.
In this week’s blog, we dive into the Spanish work culture! Just to give you an example; Do you know what to do when you cannot come to work because of feeling ill? Do you just notify your boss? Do you hand in an online form? Or do you go to the doctor for an official note of absence? Something as simple as this can often cause confusion when you are new to Spanish work culture and experience some cultural differences.
To help you navigate this environment, we have provided you with all the necessary information to integrate into the Spanish working lifestyle. Covering various aspects, ranging from how to call in sick to the Spanish business culture and how to read your payslip.
Do you want to find out what you can do to integrate and fully immerse yourself into the Spanish work culture? Then keep on reading!
Monday – A guide to Spanish business culture
Most likely, the Spanish business culture differs from what you are used to. We have created a short overview of some of the most important aspects to help you kick-start your international career in Barcelona.
Connecting on a personal level is very important in Spanish work culture and it can be said that the way business is conducted in Spain is much more relaxed compared to other European countries. You can expect extra time to be put aside in meetings for general chit chat, as most meetings will normally begin with catching up with each other on a personal level to establish a solid working relationship.
Lunch is the most important meal of the day. Most people go out to a nearby restaurant or cafe for lunch. Lunches tend to start later (around 14:00) and last longer, so it’s the perfect time to socialise with colleagues!
Arranging the paperwork neccessary to legally work in Barcelona can be a lengthy and challenging process. It’s best to start the procedures as soon as you can and try to not skip any steps, otherwise, you will not be able to start your new job.
Annual or holiday leave
Employees are entitled to 22 business days per year for their annual/holiday leave. The leave can be divided up into more than one period, as long as one of the periods is at least two weeks long.
Read more about this topic in our blog!
WORK IN BARCELONA! JOB FAIR
The 24th of May we organised the Work in Barcelona! Job Fair. This time we tried taking a different approach. We talked business but in a casual setting, at the beach bar: Club Soda!
The fair was the perfect opportunity for everyone looking for or interested in working in Barcelona to explore the job opportunities in Barcelona! At the fair several recruitment agencies attended, but also companies focused on helping expats with anything related to starting work life in Barcelona!
WORK IN BARCELONA MONTH (sponsored by Telus International AI Data Solutions)
Did you miss out on one of our other theme weeks of the month? Not to worry, you can find those blogs here:
Week 1 – Job Search Tools and Social Media Presence
During our first week we provided you with the necessary information to kick-start your job search and career. Including job search tools, a Barcelonian style CV and how to present yourself on social media.
(Don’t forget to check our blog for the first week)
Week 3 – Necessary paperwork and documents (sponsored by Teleperformance Spain)
In week three we focused on providing you with a guide to ensures that the arrangement of your paperwork and documents will run smoothly and that you are ready to start your new job in Barcelona.
(Don’t forget to check our blog for the third week)
Week 4 – Living in Barcelona (sponsored by Webfleet Solutions)
We closed this month off with discussing everything that comes with living in Barcelona apart from work. Think about establishing a social life, transport, healthcare, language learning, and housing.
(Don’t forget to check our blog for the fourth week)