She’s the Boss

By Chris Smit


“Belgium has a higher score on hierarchy than the Netherlands. This means that in Belgium, like in Guatemala, the boss is much more the boss than in the Netherlands, where the boss is more of a colleague, whose main task it is to create a pleasant work environment for his/her people.

This higher score on hierarchy in Belgium also implies that there is more respect for older bosses. In other words, people respect people with gray (or no) hair more than they do younger bosses. One fine day when I was in Belgium, I saw a young bank employee asking his much older boss if he would allow him to carry his briefcase. I watched with awe how the older boss strode along empty-handed, accompanied by this younger man, who was toting his briefcase for him.

This would never happen in Holland.”

Chris Smit
2019 Autumn

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