The working and social culture here in Canada may be different to what you’re used to, and there are a lot of things to know about it. One cornerstone of Québec working life is the “5-à-7”, which you will be sure to want to find out more about!
After a long day at work, coworkers like to relax together. Generally the working day ends between 4pm and 5pm, and, particularly on Thursdays and Fridays, it is common to head a bar after work to discuss and have a drink. It is a perfect time to get to know your coworkers better, and unwind by letting the conversation drift away from work!
On the other hand, the “5-à-7” is also a perfect occasion to talk about work! The informal atmosphere is a deliberately chosen method for Québecers to share their thoughts about things at work. Talking to your boss over a drink at 5pm is far preferable than going into their office in the rush at 2pm…
A “5-à-7” is not limited to the people you work with either, it is also a great opportunity to meet new people and build a wider circle of friends. Workers from different companies and from different sectors gather somewhere to relax and share. One of the most important things in business is networking and what better than a “5-à-7” for this? And who knows, maybe you will find new exciting opportunities!
The “5-à-7” expression does not only refer to a few drinks after work, it can also relate to specific events, such as a book launch or gallery opening, and can take place not only in a bar but also in museums, university campuses, places of work, and so on. Bars often put on special offers from 5pm to 7pm to encourage “5-à-7”, in the form of a “happy hour”.
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