What time is it anyway or why is everybody always late?
The perception of time and the concept of punctuality are very different in Brazil: it has nothing to do with Brazilians being lazy, just take a look at the crew working at around the clock at places like the National Synchrotron Light Laboratory in the state of São Paulo or the people who put together those spectacular carnival parades in Rio de Janeiro. It takes an enormous amount of effort, dedication, and extraordinary long hours to do that, and the logistics are frightening. That said…
- In general, when scheduling meetings and such, allow for some degree of tardiness. In the Europe and U.S., people are accustomed to rigid schedules and appointments that must be kept on time, and usually things work better and faster. In Brazil, people often deal with several people and different problems at the same time, and face an incredible bureaucracy to boot. Add to that the fact that Brazilians, as a rule, ?waste time? on socializing wherever and whenever, and you?ll have a scenario made to drive American/European business people up the walls.
Source:UHY International Ltd