Characteristics of the U.S. Workplace
The U.S. workplace can have a very personal and social atmosphere. Some supervisors may share personal information that you would normally share only with close friends and may allow you to call them by their first name. Socializing on the job is common, and your boss will often join in. Despite this friendliness, you are always expected to do your job and act appropriately. Remember that even though the environment may be informal, it is still your workplace. To succeed in your job, you are expected to:
Be a Team Player
You'll find that working in the U.S. is all about teamwork. Help your coworkers, and don't be afraid to ask for their help when you need it. Your employer may ask you to perform tasks outside of your job description; this is normal. Working with your employer on a variety of tasks will add to your work experience.
Be On Time
Being on time is essential, and showing up earlier than expected makes a good impression on your employer. Showing up late is unacceptable—if you are late repeatedly, you will be seen as a person who doesn't take their job seriously, and you could be fired.
Look at how others dress to see what is appropriate clothing. If in doubt, dress conservatively. Your employer will see your appearance as a reflection of your attitude towards your employment, so be conscious of your appearance.
Have a positive attitude towards your job. Employers are looking for workers who are enthusiastic and willing to learn. Flexibility, enthusiasm, and teamwork are very important in the U.S. workplace.