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Thursday, 15 January 2009

australians are the most offensive ...

... in the workplace, a new international survey has found. Yet the most easily upset by offensive behaviour in the world - apparently - were English and Americans. Top 'offensive behaviours' were found to be: 1) not saying hello or good morning; 2) not offering guests a beverage; 3) speaking loudly across the room; 4) using swear words and 5) taking calls on mobile phones.

Can we really believe that? I don't know about Americans but I would have thought most English offices were pretty laid back - certainly able to deal with the odd foul-mouthed Aussie or two. In any case, these days we hardly have a culture that worries unduly about such things, see such fine examples of workplace good manners as chef Gordon Ramsay and tycoon Sir Alan Sugar.

The survey was by Servcorp, by the way - an Australian-based company!


Dave_Tenen said...


From the Servcorp virtual office; Thank you for sharing the article.

You would think people could deal with us Aussies, however after seeing the results from the survey it shows some people are just a bit uptight. We are extremely laid back and our work etiquette and the way we conduct business is what makes us Truly Australian.

I have to agree with you on Ramsay/Sugar's workplace manner - however that's just beyond "Aussieness" :)

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