As a self-governed British crown colony, Cayman Islands is a conservative and modest society, which is reflected in how business is done.
Respect for authority and those in senior positions is vital when doing business in Cayman Islands, and expats should be aware of the courteous attitude that dominates the islands.
Office hours are 8am to 5pm and banking hours are from 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.
The language of business is English.
Business attire is generally quite casual on the islands, but business suits should be worn when meeting bank executives, senior officials and heads of business, and when attending business functions.
Gifts are not commonly exchanged, but if giving a gift something inexpensive is appropriate.
While women can be found in the workplace and more are reaching senior positions, gender inequality still tends to exist.
Business culture on Cayman Islands
Cayman Islands are a society where family and respect for authority and seniority are very much commonplace. Often the manager of a company will take on a protective position, looking out for employees that extends beyond a professional sphere.
It is normal practice to shake hands with business contacts. People are addressed by their titles and surnames. Business cards are usually exchanged after a meeting.
Caymanians are polite and conservative people, so confrontational behaviour or an overly-familiar attitude is frowned upon.
Attitude towards foreigners
As a large part of the population is made up of foreigners, expats should not encounter any problems with how foreigners are treated.
Dos and don’ts of business
Don’t be late as punctuality is valued
Do be courteous and polite at all times
Don't be over-familiar with people who have just been introduced
►For information about housing on the islands, see Accommodation in Cayman Islands
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