Here's what we really think of our colleagues across the pond—and what they think of us. 

A recent survey looked to identify the differences in communication between professionals in the United Kingdom and professionals in the United States and to find out what each group thought about the other. surveyed 1,000 workers from the U.K. and 1,000 workers from the U.S. and discovered that the groups have some quite different ideas about professional communication at work. 

Britons, as it turns out, tend to take things more negatively, whereas Americans tend to be more positive. For example, the survey quotes the phrase “let’s do lunch soon.” Britons were more likely to find this a dismissive statement rather than a sincere invitation for lunch. Almost half the Americans on the other hand (48 percent) felt this was a positive statement.

Here are some other statements that had quite a different perception between the two groups:


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Flirting at work is more accepted by those in the U.K. (24 percent said it was acceptable), while only 16 percent of Americans said the same. Swearing is looked down upon by both, with 80 percent of each group saying so, and sarcasm is also not considered professional by the majority of both groups (67 percent in the U.S. and 64 percent in the U.K.).

The study found that Britons are also twice as likely to gossip at work than their American counterparts. In addition, Britons expressed a dislike for Americans' loudness and overconfidence while Americans did not like their British colleagues talking about sex. 

One big question was in regard to how the groups view themselves and each other. Suffice it to say there were some stark differences on this one. 

Americans reported seeing themselves as:

  • Hard-working
  • Competitive
  • Ambitious/driven
  • Annoying
  • Friendly
  • Fun

Britons described Americans as:

  • Loud
  • Confident
  • Arrogant
  • Brash
  • Friendly
  • Pushy

Britons described themselves as: 

  • Easy-going
  • Friendly
  • Helpful
  • Lazy
  • Funny
  • Boring

Americans described Britons as:

  • Fun/Funny
  • Hard-working
  • Polite
  • Stuffy/Stiff
  • Passive-aggressive
  • Dry Humor

Check out the full results at

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