Posts by Sue

What does diversity mean to different generations?

23rd April 2019

The makeup of the workplace today is very different to that of the past in terms of gender, ethnicity, attitude and behavior. The older generation can be credited with ushering in diversity. But what diversity actually means has changed – and will most likely continue to evolve as the last baby boomers retire and Generation Z enters the workforce….

12 ways universities can support international students

23rd April 2019

It’s that time of year again, when students all over the world head off to university, many of them for the first time, to start a new life of study. For many, this is a time to make new friends, party and enjoy the novelty of life away from home. For some, though, particularly those arriving from another country or culture, university can be daunting and isolating. Overseas students make a valuable contribution to all universities, both financially and culturally. So what can universities do to help them settle in….

8 cultural differences between USA and India

15th April 2019

The USA and India are such vast and populous countries that drawing comparisons between the two can put you in danger of making sweeping generalisations. A young, ambitious, educated tech entrepreneur from New Delhi may have much in common with his or her equivalent in Silicon Valley – certainly a lot more than a coconut farmer from Kerala would with a factory worker from Detroit. There are, however, enough deep-seated traits in each culture that make comparison a useful tool for smoothing the path of business….

The do’s and don’ts of greetings around the world

3rd April 2019

Shaking hands may seem like a perfectly normal way to greet a business contact. Not necessarily, though. What happens if the other person doesn’t offer their hand? Or if you’re a woman in a conservative Muslim culture? Or if your counterpart greets you with a bow? Here’s a quick guide to five situations in which a little business etiquette understanding of different greetings around the world can go a long way….

WHEN and HOW to use to humor across cultures

1st April 2019

Humor is extremely useful in a cross-cultural situation. It builds trust and intimacy. Sharing a joke is the best way to break down barriers. Laughter is universal. But if your joke falls flat on its face, either for being inappropriate, or just not funny, newly forged business relationships could be doomed to failure….

6 ways a lack of cultural awareness impacts workplace productivity everyday

27th March 2019

Cultural appropriation is a hot topic in the news nowadays. When aspects of another culture, generally a minority one, are taken and used by celebrities for image-building, or by companies to generate profit, giving nothing back to that culture, or using objects or designs in the wrong context, it’s hardly surprising that concerns are raised.

There’s a difference, of course, between cultural appropriation and celebration of culture. If we were only to dress, eat, read and listen to music representative of our own culture, life would be very bland. But in today’s ultra-sensitive climate, in business and socially, what represents a step too far – and how can you steer clear of a cultural faux pas?…

How to achieve business success in the US: 10 tips and strategies

25th March 2019

According to the International Labour Organisation, Americans work longer hours than any other developed country – 137 more hours per year than Japanese workers, 260 more hours per year than British workers and 499 more hours per year than French workers. The saying ‘Time is money’ may be a cliché, but it’s no joke. So how do you make a good impression in a country where everything seems to be done in a rush? Here are our top 12 tips.

Cultural appropriation: 8 ways to avoid a cultural faux pas in business

21st March 2019

Cultural appropriation is a hot topic in the news nowadays. When aspects of another culture, generally a minority one, are taken and used by celebrities for image-building, or by companies to generate profit, giving nothing back to that culture, or using objects or designs in the wrong context, it’s hardly surprising that concerns are raised.

There’s a difference, of course, between cultural appropriation and celebration of culture. If we were only to dress, eat, read and listen to music representative of our own culture, life would be very bland. But in today’s ultra-sensitive climate, in business and socially, what represents a step too far – and how can you steer clear of a cultural faux pas?…

Death and dying: How different cultures view the end

19th March 2019

Death is marked in so many ways around the world that an understanding of different rituals can be helpful, particularly in a cross cultural environment. It’s not death, as such, which is a universal experience, but the expression of grief that differs so much between cultures….

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