Haitians are generally open-minded and willing to discuss any subject. However, subjects such as local politics and sports particularly international soccer may provoke strong reactions. Greetings are very important in Haiti and are considered key in communication. This is particularly noticeable in rural areas where people often greet each other along a path, or in a village before continuing on their way or engaging in further dialogue.
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Doctor, Professor, etc. Common greetings when meeting someone for the first time include asking them how they are doing, how their day has been and other standard greetings.
Once a conversation has been initiated feel free to identify yourself, your background, role, or Woe-Is-Uh-Me-Bop - Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band - Lick My Decals Off, Baby in Haiti. Once you are familiar with someone it is polite to ask how their health is and how their family is doing. Avoid controversial and divisive topics such as politics as these discussions can become emotional.
Haitians use implicitmessages, at times unintentionally, when they communicate. Gesticulations make conversation friendly along with humor. They use touch as a form of friendship when having a conversation. But it is inappropriate to point at someone. As a sign of respect, direct eye contact with elders or people in authority is usually avoided. However, more acculturated Haitians may maintain eye contact during conversation with age peers.
Prolonged eye contact is traditionally considered rude. Educated Haitians speak French with a small number of people speaking English.
The majority of the population speaks Haitian Creole Kreyola language derived from French. When meeting a person for the first time, a handshake is an acceptable greeting. Public displays of affection are not always accepted in Haiti. Women and men rarely show public affection toward the opposite sex but are warmly caring in private. Same sex individuals could be frequently seen holding hands in public as a display of friendship. This is commonly mistaken by outsiders as homosexuality.
Display of emotions such as crying, laughing loudly, or shouting in certain public occasions are acceptable. Most Haitians greet new and formal acquaintances with a handshake in order to express that there are fond of someone.
Kisses on one or both cheeks are the customary greeting for those more familiar. Crying is not usually seen as a Ethic Gradient - Various - Haiti Appeal Project display of sadness or anger. Public displays of affection are acceptable but should be kept respectable. Haitians are passionate and emotional people and they are not afraid to show their emotion. Whether it is in song and dance or through conversation, most Haitians are comfortable conveying how they feel.
Haitians can sometimes come across as aggressive during confrontations. It is not unusual for voices to get raised during arguments. Discipline through force is common among Haitians, especially by parents and teachers.
It is possible to see a child get yelled at or even hit for minor infractions. If it happens that a Haitian is aggressive towards an expat I have found that remaining calm and not allowing the situation to escalate is the best course of action.
Sometimes walking away from a situation and allowing the local staff to have time to calm down and reflect on the situation is the best course of action. This being said, it is important to establish clear authority in the work place and remain strict with expectations or one can appear weak.
Some local staff may take a sign of weakness as an opening to push for further concessions. Appearance is very important in Haitian culture and is often seen as Dont Burn The Fires - Dead Moon / Napalm Beach - Live From Beyond / Rumblin Thunder indicator of wealth.
Haitians usually wear western style clothing and are generally well dressed in clean, neat and conservative clothing. Some women in rural areas may wear a head scarf or head wrap. Punctuality is often an issue in Haiti. While tardiness is often expected in social settings, Haitians will make every effort to be punctual for business engagements and similar appointments. Late arrivals may not be seen as disrespectful for other events. Punctuality is not a priority in rural areas.
Remain flexible and learn to reschedule. In general, if you keep being punctual, Haitians will follow. When working in an office, punctuality should be treated no different than working in a Canadian office. Local staff are punctual for work each day. Traffic in the larger urban centres can becomes very congested especially during school. This should be factored into travel times when planning to attend meetings.
Deadlines are critical in the success of projects. Depending on the skill level of local staff, extra focus may be required. It is important to remind locals of the importance of deadlines and verify that work is being completed to ensure deadlines are not missed. In the office, staff Ethic Gradient - Various - Haiti Appeal Project business casual opting to wear dress pants and button up shirts. Similar to an office in Canada, appropriate length skirts and tops are permitted.
Field staff often dress more casual, wearing jeans and shirts with the organisations logo. Expats generally wear the same. Outside of the office, the style of clothing is a large mix, but predominately western style.
Due to the warm climate, skirts dresses, tank tops and shorts are generally acceptable. In general, supervisors and managers have to keep control, encourage their team, plan with them, and monitor what their staff are doing. Relationship building are very important in Haitian culture.
However, you might hear it through an informal network. As a good manager one must first understand the deep history of oppression Haitians experienced, which still strongly influences the way many Haitians perceive internationals. A balance of compassion and strength, is required to foster a strong working relationship with local staff.
Attempt to involve locals in discussions and decisions rather than operating as a dictatorship. At the same time a manager must be cautious to not appear weak as this can be taken advantage of. You will know how staff view you based on their work performance. If staff are ignoring direction, not producing results, not showing up for work or speaking over you, this is a sign of a lack of respect. You will need to work with your staff to correct. Decisions are usually made by the head of the family or by the supervisor at the workplace.
Non-governmental organizations NGO have reinforced the traditional decision making processes. Seniority and authority are very important in Haitian culture and in many cases, advice from elders is very welcome. Therefore, it is recommended to work with local leaders whenever possible. Not taking this cultural value into account may result in a breakdown in the decision-making process and lead to failure of an activity or project.
It is valuable to use tact and to be culturally sensitive when speaking, suggesting ideas and building consensus. Decisions in the work place require the approval of supervisors especially if any costs will be incurred. Due to a history of mismanagement, a high level of oversite is required to ensure things are handled correctly.
This will help prevent finical losses, ensure accountability and reduce safety risks. Voodoo is also broadly practiced. There are a few Muslim and Hindu practitioners in Haiti. In addition, social status is a key factor. Who you know, particularly senior members of government and politicians, is important. Haiti's upper class is made up of a very small minority but they control a great part of the wealth of the nation.
The elite or upper class also Ethic Gradient - Various - Haiti Appeal Project Haitians of Lebanese, Syrian and Indian descent who have become financially successful in the country. Increased access to education had helped carry some individuals into the ranks of the upper class. The middle class can include public servants, moderately successful business operators including agricultural producersconsultants, technical specialists, etc. They typically are well educated, speak French and English and live in urban areas.
The lower class, or proletariat, is socially very mixed poor peasants, poor urbans and it has little class awareness. They can be the domestic workers, labourers, and the unemployed or chronically under employed masses.
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Rather the term "blanc" is used universally for anyone who is not Haitian. Foreigners are given respect in most situations, but the term "blanc" can also be used as a form of mockery especially when one has little understanding of Haitian culture and language. Another separate class of Haitians are the diaspora, Haitians Down In The Hood - Smokehouse Porter, Miss MamieAnd The Gutbuckets Blues Band - King & Queen Of T live abroad, usually in the U.
All of these populations in Haiti are part of the wealthier classes and are generally held in higher esteem and carry most of the political power in Haiti. If one is visiting Haiti outside of the capital city these are the people who typify true Haitian culture.
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