Indignation due to prohibition to show at working place wearing jeans is the last thing that bothers employees of one of firms in the USA who have to perform opera singing warm-ups every three hours… And how about wearing office footwear in the shape of Dutch wooden clogs like working people in Taiwan do? Outlook came up with a selection of weird corporate rules.
Opera music break instead of vitamins was included into the list of workplace rules by supervisor of an American enterprise that specializes in production of medications. Every three hours singing tutor gathers “white coats” to loudly raise an aria – that, according to the boss, tones people up.
Would you like to get drunk in a nearby pub after work, sir? Would you consider bugging out earlier today, ma’am? That’s about how employees on one of firms, American again, talk to each other. In order to wean fellow workers away from broad jokes and strong language, management makes the staff use only polite addressing forms in their conversations – under penalty of a fine.
A businessman from Taiwan came up with a corporate rule that is fascinating for clients but not for poor employees. The company is engaged is sales of Dutch cheese and cream. Getting blister heels due to awfully uncomfortable wooden clogs, that are believed to be one of the symbols of the Netherlands, is “ordered” under penalty of dismissal.
In the Netherlands however employees are not forced to walk about in national footwear and selection of rules of conduct are similar in every establishment. If someone close to a person gets sick, whether it be a child, a husband, second cousin of mother’s sister or even a neighbor that nobody else can take care of – it is a cast-iron excuse to skip working duty. Another local office “peculiarity” is collective visits to bars. At that, size of an enterprise, its specialization, positions of participants of the “feast” and their age aren’t important… Everyone goes compulsorily – good thing is that it’s on the company dime.
And in Israel firms annually allocate money on holding Health Day. Unions set a date when management rents a spa-salon, frees employees of their duties and sends them to have massages and peelings.
How skillfully Ted trimmed his lawn, what a tasty bacon Jessica cooked and what grades kids of Jonathan and Katy had in the end of the semester… All in all, eager beavers of a British establishment are supposed to inform each other about every aspect of their out-of-the-office life during hourly 5-minutes breaks. It all goes under steadfast supervision of their boss who is positive that this relieves stress and rallies coworkers.
Clock strikes noon and all the employees hurry to have their lunches and then get back to their table to… fall asleep. Such corporate rule is no rarity in Chinese offices. Some lean on their tables after having grabbed a pillow, hidden in a drawer, and those who prefer home-like comfort even bring folding beds with them to get settled in the middle of the room and start breathing calmly.
Meanwhile a manager in one of German furniture stores doesn’t allow a nap not only to his subordinates but also to dwellers of neighboring buildings. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday are fire alarm days. A call – and everyone starts executing well-learned rules. Inhabitants of the street besiege the orchestrator with complaints but security gets priority over silence. Only Japanese are “luckier” – they have gas alarms on daily basis. Women are the ones who suffer most – hair-dos get considerably damaged under gas helmets.
The best way to escape reality and relieve stress is a cinema trip. For traditional reasons one of must-do conditions of such pastime is popcorn chewing. Title sequence and opening credits appear on the dark screen; some people have cozily settled in soft chairs and stay in entranced anticipation of a new film.
Modern infrastructure, soft fiscal and legal systems made Luxembourg one of the most attractive countries for business of every kind.
It took the duchy less than half a century to achieve this wealth level.
For better or worse, travelling to distant planets and stars exists only on the pages of science fiction and in Hollywood film industry. Although the possibility of space tourism crept close, yet, Jupiter and Saturn are still way not close. Nevertheless, from long ago there are special objects that seem to shrink the universe making it accessible. We are talking about planetariums and observatories.
Grinding away at their books to master basics of algebra and geometry, or memorizing years of monarchs’ reign skimming history textbooks is commonplace for schoolchildren all over the world while getting ready for a test in cybersecurity or boasting to have “A”s in beekeeping is strange at the vey least. Hereafter we are going to touch upon these and other unusual classes taught in foreign schools.
Small ethnic groupshave been always interesting for scientists and artists, who sought inspiration in their lifestyle. The Bajau - nomadic seafarers who formally can be correlated with Malaysia, are one of the most popular ethnic groups today.
Airports, railway and bus stations are almost always erected at a human whim, while ports and harbours are joint creation of homo sapiens and nature. In this article OUTLOOK presents you the most beautiful port destinations with their own unique character worth exploring.
All too often when bulbs in our apartments get burned out, we throw them away without a second thought: what’s the use of it now? But add a dab of imagination – and “properly made” hands can work miracles. If you have a child, then a burned out illumination tool may turn into a wonderful handmade toy...
They are referred to differently in every other place but are loved, probably, in the same way everywhere. Sure enough, we talk about money or more precisely their “second names” because alongside official ones currencies have common nicknames which is not so well known, but clearly deserves attention!
Germans have other pets besides German Shepherds and in Boston not just Boston Terriers can be seen. People choose dogs relying on own preferences. But sometimes locals are too prone to having a certain breed so it becomes a distinctive of a location. Natural conditions, fashion and even set of mind contribute to it.
When skeptics say that the greatest things have already been built by humanity, pointing at various and really outstanding works of engineering thought, they are most often poorly informed and hardly look beyond developed Western countries. In the meanwhile, for example, in China, the state raises simply unheard of infrastructure projects.
A mini toast, a slice of cheese and a sip of strong coffee. "That is not a buffet!" a waiter will pronounce indignantly, looking at the disgruntled tourist’s face. The generous Ukrainian soul cannot understand how locals manage to eat their full with that. Therefore, before going to a new country, you need to know exactly whether in the evening you should prepare a couple of sandwiches to indulge them in the morning,...
On the threshold of a new academic year we simply couldn’t but inspire both current and future students with most impressive university and institute campuses. Those who have already received degree will probably get filled with admiration, too, and start thinking whether or not to get another one because in such places one hits the books especially fruitfully.
A few centuries ago sea transport was not just the most popular, but the only way to get from point A to point B. However, as you know, force majeure occur on any roads, even on water routs, and through a long history of mankind many ships did not manage to reach their destination ports and ended underwater. Nevertheless, the relative "reservation" allows wreck vessels to live a second life as a museum.
As practice proves, even the most utilitarian items can be made a work of art. Using some imagination and without “killing” creativity, everything becomes extraordinary: bridges, for instance. Logically, principal purpose of such constructions is to connect two banks therefore main thing about them is security. Yet sometimes people follow other criteria.
OUTLOOK cannot imagine life without travelling. However, tickets, schedules, tardiness – all those things can spoil any trip. Therefore it is great to have either at home or in you garage a kind of transport that can allow you to see and to experience something new and forget all the problems.
Hotels that offer “all inclusive” for dogs. Hotels where adults are being lulled asleep by a fairytale or a unique place where work isn’t held in honor while laziness is encouraged. This is not a dream or a parallel reality – these are stalky hotel services…
All of us, one way or another, strive for freedom, personal or national, material or spiritual, which is illusory and unachievable, and at the same time very real in terms of our ideas about it. An alternative village of Christiania in the centre of the Danish capital is another attempt to achieve complete freedom from the laws of the material world.
The first thing every tourist shall learn in a country is a transport system. Very often it seems to be complicated and confusing, and it takes weeks or even months to make head or tail of it. OUTLOOK reader Natalia Usenko visited Japan and is sharing her impressions about the most comfortable and safest transport in the world.
Do you happen to get hungry? That is great as we go on with our story about the most popular street food from around the world. It’s freshly cooked - fall to, you guys! Let's start with the South Asian countries, namely Singapore - seafood-rich in vitamins and minerals occupy a key place in the diet of residents ...