The information contained in this guide will help you understand what you can expect in your new work environment and facilitate your adjustment to it.
Please, keep in mind that the broad characterizations of some American cultural patterns (also referred to as cultural generalizations) described in this guide do not apply to every American: individual personalities and backgrounds always play a significant role in how people think and act. American society is also enormously diverse. Important differences exist between geographical regions, between rural and urban areas, and between social classes. In addition, the presence of millions of immigrants who came to the United States from all corners of the world with their own culture and values adds even more variety and flavor to American life. The characteristics described in this guide are some of the traits thought of as being “typically American.”