"S´il vous plaît et merci"–"Please and Thank you".
Working in different parts of the country or even different countries offers many challenges and operational differences to working in the Gulf Coast area or, in general, the United States. In Quebec, the dominant language is French and, as stated by the residents, it is "proud French". Conversations can be difficult – can be frustrating – and can be misinterpreted. When addressing the project teams for construction or engineering, we want to make sure that courtesy and respect is in the fore front of our objectives. Work interventions, both positive and negative, can be kept on a non-adversarial level with a respectful approach and common courtesy.
A sensitive area of cultural differences, methods, and operational approaches to similar situations reminds us to be understanding and courteous to everyone –
"S´il vous plaît et merci."