Working with Others
Cultural Dimensions that Affect Teamwork
Polychronic vs Monochromic Time Orientation
Polychronic time orientation refers to the cultures where people tend to view time as a fluid concept go with the “flow” of the time. Time-based schedule is followed loosely, and changes or interruptions are viewed as a normal part of the routine. For example: In polychromic cultures, it is more acceptable for a meeting to continue until everyone feels the discussion has come to a natural conclusion.
Monochronic time orientation refers to the cultures that set their tasks to a clock. Punctuality and single focus in a given timeframe is the norm for monochronic cultures. Exact time allocated for certain task is to be followed. For example in monochronic cultures people will be more inclined to end a meeting “on time: and attend to the next task on the schedule.