Accommodating cultural differences in the workplace

An essential part of the functioning of a team is being aware of cultural practices and/or differences and using effective communication techniques to further understanding.To effectively contribute to best practice in an organisation workers need to consider that values are beliefs and attitudes they may have about: These beliefs and attitudes are extremely important and personal.As national politics and discourse seem to grow more inward looking and divisive across America and Europe in 2017, successful businesses must continue to think inclusively and globally.Embracing cultural diversity in the workplace is an important first step for businesses that want to be competitive on an international scale.’Those advertisements may have been aimed at raising awareness about racism for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, but their content are applicable to cultural diversity more generally. Do you think this candidate really has the right fit?Could you imagine, really imagine, this person managing this project?

[columns] Our culture influences the way in which we see the world.At Hult, diversity and global mindedness are integral to our DNA.Our mission is to prepare our students to thrive in a fast-paced, unpredictable, and fundamentally international business environment.’ Then you have a woman stepping onto a bus: the bus is almost full, there’s one seat free next to an elderly Aboriginal man who picks up his bag to make the seat vacant.But the invisible discriminator tells this young woman: ‘Don’t make eye contact.’ The young woman declines to take the seat and remains upstanding on the bus.