Hi everyone. I’d like to know how any business owners here handle Portuguese business owners and their lack of time management. As you might know, the Portuguese don’t have any concept of time management. If you book an appointment with them at 3pm, they don’t show up at 3pm, they arrive at 4pm, 5pm or never, and then make excuses as to why they didn’t show up instead of apologising. If you ask them to do something for 3pm, the same situation happens again.
When you challenge them on this issue, instead of getting an apology, they will blame you for *their behaviour*, try to undermine you, or give you the silent treatment. I’ve experienced this mainly from independent businesses such as guest houses, stores and rental companies. I’m in a situation right now, where the Portuguese business owner is being passive aggressive towards me, because *they* failed to turn up to a meeting we’d arranged *together* that was scheduled 2 weeks ago and I called them out on it. It’s so juvenile and draining.
If anyone has any tips on how these Portuguese time problems, please share.