Aussies Are World's Rudest Employees

Americans, Britons most easily offended
By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 17, 2009 4:51 PM CST
Aussies Are World's Rudest Employees
They may have a great opera house, but Australians are the rudest international businesspeople, a study indicates.   (AP Photo)

Australian businesspeople are the rudest in the world—or so says a new study, Reuters reports. Aussies are more likely than their peers in other countries to curse, talk loudly, and take personal calls on the job—actions considered grave violations of workplace etiquette in nations like the US and Japan.

“Being aware of potentially offensive behavior is a key factor to Australian business success abroad,” says a director of the Aussie company that conducted the study. “Australians are very natural in their business style.” The study also found that Americans and Britons are most easily offended by workplace rudeness, more so than their Chinese, Japanese, or Middle Eastern counterparts. (More office workers stories.)

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