Understanding the work environment in Sydney

Understanding the work environment in Sydney
Updated 2022-10-27 09:12

Australians are generally considered to be very laid back. And it's not wrong! Even in the workplace, Australians tend to be casual, they like to keep things simple. This, however, could be a culture shock for expats. Here are some tips to help you prepare.

Working in Sydney is quite relaxed as the workplaces are quite informal. This applies to the professional atmosphere between management and colleagues, the dress code (although it varies from company to company), the type of language used in formal meetings and social interaction. Expatriates generally find it very appealing and get used to it without much difficulty.

Meetings in Sydney

Formal meetings in Sydney offices often begin with simple discussions. Participating and sharing your own experience with your colleagues, if you wish of course, usually helps you to improve your relationship with your colleagues and to get to know your associates better. An unwritten rule is to avoid topics related to politics and religion at work, to avoid any uncomfortable situations.

The work atmosphere in Sydney

Be prepared for bursts of jokes, mild criticism and mockery, and swearing. The use of profanity, which would be considered extremely inconsiderate in other countries, is perfectly acceptable in Australian conversations. In general, however, it is recommended that you get a feel for your colleagues before you use them!

As an expatriate, you may feel a need to adapt to any type of language used by those around you. However, Australians value honesty and will be more than happy to listen to you.

Australian companies are very concerned about the comfort of their employees. They regularly ask their staff for feedback and suggestions on ways to improve the work environment. This also works outside the work environment as Australians are straightforward people. They have no problem speaking up honestly if something is not right.

Dress code in Sydney

Each company has its own dress code, but Australian business attire is generally more informal than elsewhere. When business attire is required, for men it usually involves a shirt, tie, and formal pants. Women have a wider choice, although Australian women tend to avoid short skirts, cleavage, and tight-fitting outfits. Most businesses in Sydney have adopted the concept of Casual Friday where you are allowed to dress to your preference.

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