Work Culture World Tour:

Let’s travel large on our next world tour stop. Specifically, to the largest country on Earth (6.6 million square miles worth of country-Canada sprawls in second at a mere 3.8 million). It’s the continent-sized nation of Russia, breeding ground for literary lions such as Pushkin, Chekhov, Tolstoy and Solzhenitsyn, and home of brilliant ballet stars, big glasses of vodka, and a celebration that makes the rest of the world seethe with envy—that’s right: Pancake Week. Besides wisely devoting 7 days to knocking back blinis, Russia’s working people appreciate honesty—but give them personal feedback in private, please.

This fifth stop on our journey is part of a ‘round-the-world video curation tour of work cultures in many nations. We invite you to join us, watch out for us on our social channels (#CultureCoordinates) and let us know what these videos get right-or don’t-about working in different countries.

Be cool. And be cool with arguing…

…Also cool: offering clarity and certainty

Fast Culture Facts for Russia


  • About 145 million – with one of the sparsest population densities in the world of 8.4 persons per square kilometer (due to harsh climate conditions in large parts of the nation).


  • 72 million employed – with an employment rate of around 59 percent–slightly lower than the USA’s, and a labor force participation rate of around 67 percent. Women make up about 48 percent of the workforce.


  • Russia’s 1.6 trillion GDP makes it the world’s 11th largest economy, behind countries like Germany and India.  Like most developed nations, its services sector accounts form most of its GDP. Oil and gas comprise 59 percent of Russia’s exports. Economic headwinds come from its declining, and aging, population, and stagnant income growth. But the nation recently put forth a stimulus plan to try to revive its economy and encourage more investment.

Workforce Diversity:

  • Russia is an ethnically diverse nation, but has come under criticism for policies that restrict the rights of minorities.  There are good opportunities for women in some fields such as finance and tech, but their income lags that of men by 30 percent. Russia has been ranked as one of the worst nations in the developed world for LGBTQ people. Same-sex marriage is illegal, and the nation has no clear protections against discrimination in either employment or housing.




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