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Old Mar 12th 2009, 12:45 pm
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What do you think are the biggest differences and challenges with the business culture in the US vs. the UK?
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Old Mar 12th 2009, 12:56 pm
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They all speak American over here, and they don't stop at 3:30pm for tea like civilized people.

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Old Mar 12th 2009, 2:12 pm
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I find there's not as much swearing in the workplace over here.

I miss swearing at work.
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Very stingy amounts of holiday leave. Think Scrooge.
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Old Mar 12th 2009, 2:33 pm
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What do you think are the biggest differences and challenges with the business culture in the US vs. the UK?
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I find there's not as much swearing in the workplace over here.

I miss swearing at work.
You're working at the wrong place. I curse up a storm every day (esp at the damn computer). Did the same at my last couple of employers as well. Guess that's the advantage of working in a non-office environment...or maybe it's cuz I really could care less.
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No drinking booze at lunch?
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i dont actually work over here (unless looking after 3 mental kids counts!) but I am always surprised just how many small businesses seem to refer to Jesus or God in their literature or logo or whatever. For instance - my kids pediatrician has some kind of ''our practice is based on gods physician'' or something like that written on the wall as you come is. I dont think I ever saw anything like that in the UK.
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No drinking booze at lunch?
In a (UK) bank I used to work in, many moons ago, I'd always volunteer to hang out in the banking hall with a tray of sherry glasses on Christmas Eve. I'd always return to the office kitchen with one glass still full each time. We'd inevitably get a rush-on just before we closed at lunchtime (as we always did on the 24th), and I'd be sat at my till, trying to serve people and count their money while pissed off my head...
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In a (UK) bank I used to work in, many moons ago, I'd always volunteer to hang out in the banking hall with a tray of sherry glasses on Christmas Eve. I'd always return to the office kitchen with one glass still full each time. We'd inevitably get a rush-on just before we closed at lunchtime (as we always did on the 24th), and I'd be sat at my till, trying to serve people and count their money while pissed off my head...
I used to have flatmate who had worked in Munich, Germany... they had a beer vending machine at the workplace! (And yes, they were allowed to use it during working hours, usually about 3pm in the afternoon)
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I used to have flatmate who had worked in Munich, Germany... they had a beer vending machine at the workplace! (And yes, they were allowed to use it during working hours, usually about 3pm in the afternoon)
This does not surprise me!
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I'd be sat at my till, trying to serve people and count their money while pissed off my head...
I think I've banked with you!


The tellers sit down over there, too? Like the grocery store? THAT is a big difference in work culture. And you call us lazy....
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I think I've banked with you!


The tellers sit down over there, too? Like the grocery store? THAT is a big difference in work culture. And you call us lazy....
To be honest there were stools to kind of perch against, but we mostly stood as it was more comfortable. We only sat down when we were drunk on the job!
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To be honest there were stools to kind of perch against, but we mostly stood as it was more comfortable. We only sat down when we were drunk on the job!
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What do you think are the biggest differences and challenges with the business culture in the US vs. the UK?
Well first you have to look at both as yogurt....
and then figure out which one consists of live culture.
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