It’s customary at Mexican social gatherings to greet every person in the room with a handshake when you enter the room and again when it’s time to leave, says Ann Schauber, diversity leader with Oregon State University. This type of formal greeting is an important sign of respect in the Mexican culture.

“If you’re a supervising workers of Mexican heritage, a good way to show respect to your employees is to formally greet them each day,” says Schauber. A handshake and a smile only take a minute and can make a difference in an employee’s attitude and performance.