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From food-loving French taking long lunch breaks to workaholic Japanese businessmen, the world continues to approach office culture in very different ways.

9-5, culture, office, routine, work

Nuria Chinchilla is anti-siesta. It’s 15.00 in Barcelona, the time when every shady bench is taken up by snoozing Catalans. But Chinchilla – a professor in the department of managing people in organisations at Navarra’s IESE Business School – won’t be sleeping; for she has more pressing concerns to discuss.

Chinchilla explains that the Spanish afternoon nap is actually a relic from the civil war-ravaged years of the 1930s. “It comes from a time when people were doing two jobs,” she says. “Siesta culture does not fit with modern life. A two- or…


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