24 things expats find surprising about Australian working culture

24 things expats find surprising about Australian working culture

Australians have a unique set of business etiquette rules in comparison to other business cultures.

To mark Australia Day, Business Insider Australia took a look at what expats living in Australia, or returning expats, think of the Australian working culture.

For example, we don’t mind the use of profanity in the office. We might be laid back, but being late is uncool. We prefer chit chat to start a business meeting and we socialise after work — a lot.

And while it may be second nature to partake in these rituals for those of us who are none the wiser, some of these conventions can be surprising to foreigners when they begin working in Australia.

Click here to find out what surprised a selection of expats the most about Australian working culture.

One expat commented on the capacity to innovate "What I am no longer surprised by but constantly reminded of is the limitless capacity for innovation... It’s part of Australia’s DNA and I see it reflected in our own business – agile, diverse, innovative with speed to market as a key point of difference here and internationally.

One such innovator is Flash Payments, a brand new Australian company that just launched a real-time cross borders payment business, providing an ultra-competitive alternative to the existing opaque, siloed and inefficient banking networks.

This service is especially useful to expats transferring funds internationally between their home country and Australia.

Front and center at Flash Payments is a focus on delivering an exceptional user experience by delivering extraordinary control built on the latest technology. The system is so easy to use it makes you wonder just why banks continue to rely on an expensive, opaque and slow system to send money internationally.

With Flash Payments users pick the date; pick the rate; send funds like an email; track transfers like a package; all without any surprise charges. There are none.

So, whether you are a corporation or an individual you can now skip the banks and take control of your foreign exchange transfers.

Learn more about Flash Payments and sign-up to benefit from cutting-edge technology, great rates, transparency and control.