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Poland Business Culture

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Business Culture in Poland

Anybody considering visiting or relocating to Poland should familiarise themselves with the cultural norms. 

Poland is located in central Europe and borders seven other countries. Poland has some of the lowest wages in Europe, despite having high rankings in areas such as education, healthcare, safety, and standard of living. 


Poland’s economy is the sixth largest in the European Union in terms of nominal GDP and the fifth largest in terms of GDP. It is an industrialised, mixed economy with a developed market. There has been an effort to open up the Polish economy since 1988. Out of all the former Soviet bloc countries, it is the post-communist state with the greatest success story. When the rest of the European Union was experiencing a recession in 2007 and 2008, its economy was the only one that remained expansionary. 

Here is a flavour of the rules and standards of conduct that newcomers to Poland should be aware of:

Keep things professional. Business culture in Poland tends towards the formal, with an emphasis on hierarchy and the use of people’s full names and titles being common. It’s important to not become to informal too soon, and something as simple as using a first name before being invited to will likely be seen as impolite.

Polish people tend to express themselves in a much more direct manner than you may be used to, especially when saying “no”. Criticism is more commonly heard than praise, but if you do hear praise, you can be sure it’s sincere.

Poland Business Culture

When it comes to Poland business culture, there are a few things to keep in mind to make a good impression:

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Poland - Working Hours and Overtime

Working Hours

Standard working time in poland is 40 hours per week, with 8 hour days being the norm. Hours over the standard 40 are considered to be overtime, and are capped at 48 hours per week, or 150 overtime hours per year for standard employees. Managers and executives have these caps somewhat relaxed.


Compensation for overtime hours is mandatory, either through paid time off or an increase in salary at a rate of 150% of the employee’s salary. Overtime worked at night, on Sundays or public holidays is paid at 200% of the employee’s salary.

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We have extensive experience helping businesses expand their workforce in the Poland. Take a look at our areas of expertise below:

Find out how payroll works in Poland and what you can expect when it comes to salaries, bonuses and tax

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Unsure about what’s required when employing staff in Poland? Find out about Polish Work Permits and Visas here


We deliver a fully-managed EOR Service in Poland, including Payroll, HR and legal support.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Payrolling the employees is a key part of the service offered by an employer of record company. The EOR will calculate and remit all taxes, social securities and similar payments, on behalf of both employer and employee. The client will be invoiced in advance by the EOR company, for the total cost of the payroll.

Yes. Our clients are free to dictate the structure of the employees’ remuneration including any bonuses or commissions they wish to offer. In some countries, there is a statutory requirement to provide “bonuses”, for example in the form of Christmas or holiday allowances.

Yes. Agility EOR will calculate what pay is due upon termination of an employee, factoring in such things as any untaken leave entitlements.

We find that most of our clients are in the Tech, IT, Finance and Professional Services industries. However, we have acquired the skills, knowledge and experience to help all industries across the globe.

As a private company, we’re not beholden to shareholders or asset-shredding Private Equity targets. We aim to build long-term relationships with our clients. At Agility EOR, our approach is that we never forget that our business is all about people. Our Employer of Record solutions are tailored to each requirement, not a one-size-fits-all tech platform. We do the right thing by our clients and by the laws of each country we operate in. And we believe in openness; if we don’t feel we can offer you the best solution for a specific territory, we’ll say so. 

We pride ourselves on our personable-approach so once you enter your new employees details into our dedicated platform, we’ll arrange a call with you to go through the details of the employment contract where together we can review and amend to your requirements. We liaise directly with your employee to build a rapport and obtain the necessary information to hire them compliantly, and set them up ready for their first payroll.

We never stop delivering! Even if you’re employee has been onboarded and is happily working for you and being paid each month, we’re here to partner with you whenever you or your employees need us. Even your ex-employees may need our assistance for tax documents, proof of employment requests etc… Our service never stops!