American work culture..how did you get used to it?
Probably not relevant for those whose career started in the States. More relevant for those who had extended work experience in another culture (Asia) before coming here. How did you cope with the almost diametrically opposite office work culture here?
Am specifically referring to the absence of small talk during office hours. It's almost like an examination hall silence sometimes, and there have been times (days) that the only person I had any real exchange with (though work related), was my manager (who sits next to me).
I'm finding this very hard to get used to and it's affecting my productivity (& sanity). It doesn't help that I joined recently & have no real personal friends in office. We have an open floor seating, and ours is an American subsidiary of a non-American Tech company. The parent has a somewhat different (more relaxed) work culture.