This course on American culture will:
- Provide participants with an overview of American business customs.
- Explain workplace norms in the United States.
- Offer an overview of American slang and common idioms.
- Give basic information concerning off-hours activities: shopping, banking, safety, networking, and so forth.
The culture shock of working in a new country is never easy, and the United States is no different. It’s big, diverse, and potentially overwhelming. This crash course in American culture is designed to ease the transition and prepare participants for living and working in the United States. The program is suited to companies, government groups, and educational institutions that routinely host international employees. The workshop is an ideal complement to basic relocation services.
At this program’s conclusion, participants should be able to:
- Describe American business culture and many of the subcultures found in the United States.
- Explain American business norms.
- Describe common practices related to personal space, time, and formality.
- Understand a range of American idioms and slang.
- Explain how Americans view eating as a component of business and demonstrate proper dining etiquette.
- Avoid taboo topics in the workplace.
- Successfully navigate the world outside the office.
The following outline highlights some of the course’s key learning points. As part of your training program, we will modify content as needed to meet your business objectives. Upon request, we will provide you with a copy of the participant materials prior to the session(s).
From Sea to Shining Sea: An Overview of Business in the United States
Smooth Transition: Meeting Expectations at Work
Another Time, Another Space: Understanding Promptness and Personal Space
There’s English and Then There’s American English: An Introduction to U.S. Usage
Let’s Eat: Business Socializing and Dining in the United States
Getting Along: Surviving After Hours
At the conclusion of their workshop, participants will have an understanding of American culture, especially as it pertains to business behavior and expectations.