The English are a bewildering species, claims the multicultural, mixed-nationality Nadia Laabs, Oct ’14 Associate, who offers some tips for navigating culture shock in the workplace.
The book “Watching the English” by Kate Fox became my bible when I moved to London. Not only did it explain the norms and habits that would help me become more socially accepted (e.g. no smiling on the Tube), but also those in the workplace that could either help my productivity or work against me. Sometimes, though, you need to stir something up to make an impact, so here’s what I’ve learned about which rules to follow and which to break.
1. The Tea Drinking Rule
At our hot-desking office, my neighbours often surprised me by avoiding eye contact with me when I first sat down. Then, before they even knew my name, they’d ask: “Would you like some tea?” Read more →