Monday, August 18, 2008

Mexico goes back to "normal" today

Today most private and public schools begin the new 2008 - 2009 year in Mexico.

This means chaos returns to city streets during the rush hours of 7-9 AM and 2-4 PM as families begin the daily commute.

Learning the route, timing of the stop lights, finding the drop off zones, sleepy kids, new Mom's and Dad's unaccustomed to the new's all crazy, frustrating, full of excitement...and lasts about a week.

Bit of advice. If working in Mexico during this week, modify your commute and travel hours to miss all this. Spend a bit more time at breakfast, or work out of the hotel business center.


Mexicachica said...

Can someone shed some light on the normal business hours in Mexico? What hours do most office jobs follow? Is there really a 3 hour siesta and then work till like 8pm? Is working Mon-Sat. the norm?

Lee said...

Business hours in Mexico depend upon what size city you are in.

For Monterrey and Mexico City the "norm" maybe 9 AM to 6 PM for many businesses due to the traffic difficulties. In other cases (retail) it is 9 AM until 8 PM.

In the smaller cities the 2 or 3 hour dinner break in the mid-day is very normal (called siesta it is really time for the major meal,and in some cases a little nap). Everyone shuts their office doors around 2:30, goes home to eat and returns 4:30 or 5:00 PM,where they will work until 8:00 PM.

Business hours include business lunches that may take 2 or 3 hours at this time.

Many executives deal with operations issues from 9 to 3 and then take appointments with vendors, phone calls, etc. in the afternoon and evening.

Saturdays are normally worked until 2:00 or 3:00 PM, some businesses work an extra hour Monday to Friday in order to eliminate the Saturday workday.

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