What do you need to know about your workplace (dress code, deadlines, formality, etc.)?
Dress codes differ from one workplace to the next although, as a general rule, the Lebanese are very mindful of appearances. Most men and women wear fashionable, chiefly European style clothes. In government settings, men wear a suit and tie. Women wear dresses and make-up. Titles are primarily used to address your elders, official representatives and managers. For example, you would call your male manager Istez (sir). The current trend is moving toward doing away with these titles (former President of the Republic Hrawi eliminated the titles of minister and other top government positions). You will witness this trend at multinationals recruiting young, educated people that have done their studies in Western countries or who have otherwise been exposed to Western culture.
Few people are on time to meetings and appointments (to be fair, there are simply too many variables in everyday life in Lebanon, which makes tight schedules impossible to meet). It is common to show up 20 minutes late to a meeting or appointment.
Absenteeism is not tolerated at private organizations although it is common at public institutions. Many improvements have been made to the government sector but the system still remains slow and inefficient.