Brazil has a distinct workplace culture which appeals. It is famous for its sense of optimism and can-do attitude, known in Brazil as jeitinho brasileiro, which translates as “the little Brazilian way of getting things done”. The office culture is often more laid back too. Workplaces are known for their more relaxed attire, with suits at work only really seen in Sao Paulo.
Brazilians also interpret the lunch hour in a different way to what expats may be used to. Many office workers indulging in “kilo buffets” at lunch times, which encourage workers to indulge in the best of what Brazilian cuisine has to offer.
Good salaries, a better work/life balance and a welcoming office culture (the country ranked 9th out of 34 countries in 2014 for expat employees saying they feel welcome at work). Add all these factors together and it’s not hard to see what entices employees to ask about a transfer to Brazil. Job satisfaction is only half the story though – even career-minded expats want to know they can have a good time in their new home.
Beyond the working environment, the results of our 2014 survey demonstrate that Brazilian culture is one expats embrace and settle into easily. The country ranked 2nd out of 34 for being able to acclimatise to expat life quickly. Eight in ten expats surveyed in Brazil say they enjoy the local food too, with 73% shopping for local produce rather than in supermarkets.