Managing in Spain
Working in a Vibrant, Family-Oriented Culture
Spain has given the world fiestas, siestas and flamenco, and some of the greatest artists and musicians have called this country home. So, it's no surprise that the Spanish know how to work hard, but also know how to enjoy their colorful culture when it's time to slow down.
If you're new to a team management role in Spain, you'll find that these traditions, along with recent employment law changes, have a major impact on how people live and work.
In this article, we'll look at this in more detail, and we'll explore how you can manage a team successfully in this vibrant country.
Spain is part of Europe's Iberian peninsula, and its territories include the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands. In 2014, it was home to around 46.7 million people.
Spanish is the country's official language. Many professionals in larger cities also speak English, but you'll find fewer fluent English speakers than in many other European countries. There's a strong sense of regional identity, and you're likely to hear regional languages, such as Catalan and Galician.
The primary religion is Roman Catholicism, which 75 percent of the population practices. Religious festivals and beliefs dominate much of Spanish culture....