The British like decisions to be made in a team environment and a good manager will work hard to ensure buy-in from his or her team.
The team environment aspires to being friendly and companionable with individuals within the team being seen to be supportive and helpful of each other.
If, however, something goes wrong, it is not uncommon for the team to look for an individual within the team to blame. (Blame culture is something that seems to permeate working life and many organisations work hard to try to change this type of mentality.)
Team members often bring with them into the team a certain level of specialisation, but are expected to take a generalist view of the project and their role within the project team. Being seen as a good all-rounder is definitely positive.
Written and Produced by Keith Warburton
The United Kingdom remains one of the largest, most competitive markets in the world. It is a global centre of excellence across a wide range of business sectors as well as being a world-leader in higher education. The City of London, along with New York, continues to dominate international finance and UK-based legal firms retain their pre-eminence as global players.
Despite these massive positive factors, the UK faces a number of challenges going forward. How will the UK cope with a post-Brexit world as it navigates its way through the Brexit negotiations and looks to forge new partnerships outside it traditional markets within the EU? Will the UK be able to improve its notoriously poor productivity levels and will the City of London be able to retain its leadership role in global finance?
All of these questions will be answered in the coming decade but in the intervening period the UK remains open for business and the prospects for doing successful business in the UK remain positive. The UK actively seeks overseas companies who see the country as an attractive market and world-class incentives are in place to help you take advantage of a sophisticated consumer base and a highly educated workforce.
If you are considering doing business in the UK, you need to consider the cultural issues you are likely to encounter. Put simply, the British are quick to take offence. Your communication style might be viewed as aggressive, when you thought you were merely being helpfully direct or your negotiating style could appear confrontational when you thought you were offering useful alternatives. Study the UK approach to business in advance – it will pay dividends.
This country profile provides an overview of some of the key aspects of business culture in the UK in a concise, easy to follow-format. The document includes information on: