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Americans at work
Many foreigners have found it extremely hard to work with NativeAmericans in the workplaces. The behaviors and actions of theAmerican people do not mainly coincide with the traditions ofnon-Americans. It is evident that a majority of Americans in theworkplaces have their way of behaving and approaching varioussituations. Craig Storti has embarked on an effort to explain theAmericans and make non-Americans understand the culture, values,beliefs and behaviors of the Americans. The book, Americans atwork, highlights what non-Americans should expect from theirfellow workmates of American origin (Storti 20). This book, however,poses a number of questions to the reader. For instance, one wouldask what group of Americans is discussed, is there any scientificproof of the American culture and behavior and whether Americansapprove of other people’s cultures. It is also apparent that onewould ask what value does other cultures and beliefs have in theAmerican soil. It is also evident that one would ask the implicationsof not following the American culture and beliefs at the workplace.Additionally, the topic of the book also poses the question is itillegal to fail to adapt to the American culture and values or it issocial norm issue?
The contents of the entire book by Craig seek to provide anunderstanding of the American people. It is evident that majority offoreigners in America do not understand the American people,especially at the work place and may not comprehend why Americansbehave in certain ways. Equally, the contents of the book seek toeducate the non-Americans on how to behave and the reactions orconsequences they expect from Americans as a result of theirbehavior. The book starts with highlights of the relationship betweenthe Americans and the foreigners (Storti 14). It is clear from thechapter that the Americans do not see any underlying differencebetween them and the non-Americans. The American people do notapprove of the cultures of other people and they believe that thereis no excuse for them to behave in arbitrary ways. Americans are saidto be apprehensive on other cultures and that they see otherbehaviors by foreigners as strange. They feel angered and offended bythe behaviors depicted by foreigners.
The book also asserts the point that America is a land ofopportunities and that anybody can succeed as long as he or she workshard or puts some extra effort. Americans at the workplace are saidto believe in their self-worth. They do not believe thatcircumstances or conditions should limit or prohibit them fromachieving their dreams. The book brings home the unrelenting spiritof the American people who believe that they can make it no matterthe circumstances (Storti 22). Americans are said to have ways ofmaking their ends meet or else achieving their goals amidst numerouschallenges. A positive attitude is expected at the workplace andanything less than upbeat and optimism is unacceptable in theAmerica’s workplaces.
The American people have been described by the book as the can-dopeople who have a go-for-it mentality. Americans are happy to solveproblems and come up with new innovations that have been heardbefore. In other words, the book describes Americans as confident andindustrious people who can always find a way of doing things. Thebook has severally referred to the historical America with the earlyEuropean settlers as the origin of the spirit and culture that isseen today. For instance, the early European settlers had to navigatenew territories where they had no knowledge of farming since theywere artisans. They devised new ways of survival due to the mentalityof a can-do people. The primary focus in the entire book has been toexplain the American culture. From the way they dress, talk, visitguests or even go for lunch (Storti 182). There are traditions thatthe American people hold especially in the workplace. It describes ofwhat is expected of an employee results. Americans are judged bywhat they deliver. It also highlights the interactions betweenemployees and their bosses. For instance, the book clearly statesthat it is unethical to go for lunch with a boss. This may be viewedas favoritism.
The main thesis of the book is to explain the American culture,values and beliefs especially in the workplace. The book focused onthe white collar jobs kind of workplaces and the behaviors thatAmericans who work in such areas expect from the non-foreigners. Thebook is an eye opener to the non-Americans on how to interact withthe Americans at the workplace. The book has supported this withenormous literature on how Americans behave in the workplace(Stewart-Allen and Lanie 87). The book has also highlighted thehistorical America and how the European settlers brought forth thecurrent culture and values to America. The book has highlightedaspects such as gift giving in the workplace, dress code, lunchgoing, as well as communication.
This is one of the books that every non-American, as well asAmerican should take time to read. It is also a good read formanagers at the workplace. It is extremely useful for non-Americansin the US working class who need to interact freely with the NativeAmericans without annoying them. The book provides extremely vitainformation with regard to the American people and how they view therest of the people from other parts of the world. It is extremelyclear that the American people have no regard for the cultural valuesand beliefs of the other people (Storti 55). This is the reason whysome topics such as race and political affiliations and sexuality area taboo in the American culture.
The book has been extremely useful to the non-Americans whoseek to survive and work in America. The American culture and natureof the people has also been well understood and explained. It is alsoclearly pointed out on the various behaviors and topics that theAmerican people don’t discuss in public (Stewart-Allen and Lanie121). The managers can also greatly benefit from the contents of thisbook in forging ahead the relationship they have with theiremployees.
The course materials are in line with the contents of the course.The explanation of the American culture, values and beliefs coincideswith the contents of the course. The book has clearly expounded andexplained the American people in the workplace and the behaviors thatnon-Americans should strive to achieve. The books content is dividedwell into chapters and this makes it extremely easy to read andcomprehend (Storti 7). The topics discussed are and the book hasrelied upon the history of the country to explain the culture andbeliefs of the American people. This affirms the arguments made bythe book. However, the book seems simplistic and the behaviors itexplains are obvious to everybody. In other words, there is no deepresearch done by the author and only writes about simplisticbehaviors and value that are well known. The book also relies only onwhite collar workplaces and therefore the findings of the book seembiased.
The book never answered all the questions that a reader may have. Itis, however, clear that the book has answered a number of thequestions. The value of other cultures in American sol has not beenwell answered or explained. The book is, however, an eye opener intothe various behaviors that the American people in the workplaceexpect from non-Americans who work in the United States.
Storti, Craig. Americans at Work: A Guide to the Can-DoPeople. London: Nicholas Brealey Pub, 2011. Print.
Stewart-Allen, Allyson, and Lanie Denslow. Working withAmericans: How to Build Profitable BusinessRelationships. London: Prentice Hall, 2012. Print.