20 things about Australian working culture that can surprise foreigners

Recently I had lunch with a group of Silicon Valley executives visiting Sydney, and noted some of the big etiquette differences between American and Australian business culture.

Last week we reported on research into cross-cultural communication that noted the tendency of Australian managers to swear in meetings. It got us wondering about the other surprising elements of Australian business culture, so we asked some foreigners what takes them aback about working in Australia. Here’s a distilled version of what they said.


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