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Business international: USA
Internationale Geschäfte: USA

The T-shirt or jeans-nation?

In general, however, there are customs that seem to hold true for the majority of American business people. These include a general reluctance to wear formal or flashy clothing to work; even in banks, tellers can often be seen wearing a T-shirt or jeans! As the USA is so large, styles do vary across the country, so if your visitor is from California don't be surprised to see jeans and sneakers (something you would never see on most British business partners) while her East coast colleague may well turn up in a suit (perhaps with a T-shirt ...)

The boss is the boss

Despite this desire to avoid the very formal, Americans are not as lax as they are often accused of being. Hierarchy is still important: you may call the boss "Bill" but he is still the boss. He may be relatively young: age does not guarantee seniority or indeed respect, which is not automatically given, as it is in many cultures, to those born into a position or who have lived past a certain age.

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