It’s definitely not a stereotype that Australians are a lot more laid-back than the Brits. I have found this both favourable and a huge learning curve. For example, ten minutes can mean absolutely anything to an Aussie; it could mean 30 minutes or the following day. And that café ‘just round the corner’ – I wouldn’t bank on it! On the plus side, their laid-back attitude is infectious, and you can’t help but fall in love with it.
Interviews and meetings
First thing first, don’t expect to have them in the boardroom. I have met people for meetings, or even interviews, in hotels and coffee shops whilst they eat their breakfast. This only serves to mimic their friendly and laid-back attitude, which is a refreshing change from a stuffy boardroom meeting.
I have lost count of the number of times I have spoken with Europeans who cannot believe how friendly the Aussies are. They are taken aback by their willingness to always stop for you, and not be annoyed, when you’re lost. In London? All I can say is that you’d want to hope that you’re a fast walker and your phone is equipped with Google Maps. We don’t stop for anyone.
Unlike the UK, the office mentality here is much more fun. Office drinks at 5pm? Encouraged. Socialising with colleagues out of the office? Applauded. The hierarchy that you find in the UK, in my experience, is no way near as prevalent here.
Why I love the English events industry:
Want to impress your clients with a 5-star, high-end, all expenses paid trip? That’s much easier to do when you can whisk them away overseas in under two hours for a fraction of the price that it costs to fly from one state to another in Australia.