New Year traditions from different countries: what you can borrow for your IT team

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The New Year is coming! As an international community Global CIO brings together IT executives from more than 80 countries. For some of them, New Year is a significant holiday, for others other dates are important, but holidays are a great occasion to explore different cultures. Let's take a look at what traditions exist in different countries and how they can be useful to improve your team's performance.

Georgia: Happiness comes to those who are visited by happy people

In Georgian tradition, the mekvle is the guest who first crosses the threshold of your home on New Year's Eve. His foot, according to ancient legend, brings happiness or misfortune in the new year. Sometimes Georgians are cunning and invite a known happy and successful person as the first guest, who is guaranteed to bring prosperity and good luck to the house. May the people who come to work for you be happy and bring success to the whole company!

Italy and Argentina: Getting rid of all unnecessary things

On the last working day of the passing year, Argentines say goodbye to the old year and throw away old calendars, unnecessary receipts, forms and reports. In Italy it is also customary to say goodbye to the past on New Year's Eve, even the tradition of throwing old furniture out of the window is known. This approach can be useful for you as well: sometimes in order to find resources for new ambitious projects you have to give up something old. May all changes be for the better!

Vietnam: sharing wisdom and experience

In Vietnam, it is believed that the presence of a person over 70 years old at the New Year's party transfers his or her wisdom to all those who participate in the festive feast. Because of this, the elderly are welcome guests in every home and are always given the most honored places. Sharing experience is also important in corporate life: we wish that the wisdom and experience in your team is effectively transferred from old to new employees and that the growth of the team is always successful.

Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan: Two New Years are better than one

In Kazakhstan and other Central Asian countries, the New Year is celebrated twice - on December 31st, the day of the calendar year change, and on the day of the vernal equinox, this holiday is called Navruz. Both holidays are an occasion to put things in order, summarize results and gather with loved ones for a sumptuous feast. It reminds us how useful it can be to combine different cultures and practices and take the best of the best to manage our projects.

India: Mutual respect and good humor are the keys to success

In India, the New Year is also celebrated several times: due to the mix of many cultures and religions, there are many holidays too. Nevertheless, the change of the calendar year does not go unnoticed. It is believed that for the year to go well, on January 1st you should be especially attentive and polite to others and spend the whole day in a good mood. This is a great tradition! A friendly and respectful atmosphere in a team is a reliable support for any manager.

Japan: Stay in touch with your network

A mandatory part of the New Year's Eve ritual in Japan is the mailing of greeting cards. New Year greeting cards addressed to relatives, acquaintances, friends and colleagues are called nengajo. Over the New Year holidays, each Japanese receives an average of about 35 cards. This tradition provides an opportunity to reconnect with old acquaintances, check addresses, and catch up on some news. We wish you to stay in touch with your network and may its support help you in the new year.

Congratulations to the members of the Global CIO professional IT community on the New Year

Applying the best practices embedded in these New Year's Eve traditions across cultures can help improve teamwork, increase productivity and create a better work environment. Wherever you celebrate the New Year, we wish you a prosperous, successful and profitable year. And we will be happy to continue to introduce you to colleagues from all over the world, to help you exchange experience and knowledge, to highlight your achievements and to support you in every possible way in reaching new heights. Happy New Year 2024!

Best wishes,
Global CIO team

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