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How do you deal with Portuguese lack of time management

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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.

Many thanks.

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Have to say this has not been my experience. As expatsportugal, we work with a lot of different business personnel from owners to employees and I cannot recollect one single meeting where all parties did not show up at the scheduled time. 

 

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Nope not my experience either. What we do know is the Portuguese value politeness, so maybe not the best idea to make a fuss about someone else's lateness, the correct polite response would be it doesn’t matter?

Saying 'The Portugueuse don't have any concept of time management' is a hugely sweeping and somewhat patronising thing to say, I think I wouldn’t want to show up on time to someone who held such a view of an entire nation, 😂 or do business with them.

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Sorry that probably sounded a little harsh the way I put it.

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Mate your just being rude and I'd invite you to take down this post

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