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Do you speak Business? Good manners for Brits

Whether you’re travelling to the UK on a business trip or a vacation pardon… a holiday, there are social rules you need to know to get along with British people.

Knowing what is considered polite or not can make a huge difference also in the work enviroment.

So, to get you started, here are a few quick tips:

1- Complaining

The British will happily moan about bad weather and overpriced food. But when it comes to complaining for actual reasons (such as poor service), they’ll do it in an apologetic way! You’ll find that Brits are polite even when they are complaining.

2- Queuing

Never try to jump a queue. This will always be met with disapproval from those who have been waiting patiently.

3- Being polite

Saying “please” and “thank you” is fundamental in British etiquette. It doesn’t matter who you’re speaking to

4- Table manners

Table manners depend on the culture you’re in. Formal occasion are a different world; anyway you should put your cutlery down between bites and never talk with your mouth full.

5- Tipping

If the bill in a restaurant reads ‘service not included’, you can leave a tip for the waiter. If the service was good, you’ll usually leave ten per cent on top of the bill total. Many Brits tip taxi drivers and hairdressers too, but the exact amount is up to the client’s preference.

6- Using mobile phones in public

Avoid using your phone at the dinner table or speaking to loudly on public transport : it’s rude!

7- Apologising

You would think that you should apologize for actual faults, such as bumping into a passer-by… and you’re right, but Brits’ passion for apologizing doesn’t end here. You’ll hear two Brits both apologizing for being in each other’s way, even if no harm is done. It’s just a standard reaction.

8- Names

Even in a professional situation you may hear people being called by their first name. Once you’ve met someone, you may use their first name…
But unless you are invited to do so, don’t do this with your teachers and people of an older generation. Going with the surname is always the safer option, if you’re undecided.

9- Tea

Tea is part of many British people’s daily routine and serves many social functions. Moreover, it’s a big tradition in the UK. You will be often offered a cup of tea anywhere you go.

Here are some tips on the polite way to drink tea in the UK:

If you are in a group, you may be served a pot of tea. If the pot is placed near you, it is polite to pour tea for the rest of the group.
Tea should be poured first and milk and sugar added afterwards.
If your tea is too hot to drink, don’t blow on it. Wait patiently for it to cool.
Never slurp tea!
If you are having a cream tea the most common way of preparing a scone is to cut it in half, spread it with jam first, then add clotted cream on top.

 

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