The effects of culture on productivity

By Julia Gaspar-Bates
8th November 2018

How does culture affect our levels of productivity? In today’s global environment people are increasingly working together across cultures, often without truly understanding the underlying differences that may be unintentionally sabotaging them. In too many cases, people assume that if they work for the same organization or speak the same language then they will have the same objectives and goals. However, while the end goals may be the same, the path to reach them often takes many hazardous twists and turns. In some cases, this may result in increased levels of frustration and stress, lack of motivation and productivity and misunderstandings that ultimately affect the bottom line. In worst case scenarios, it can also sever a professional relationship or partnership where one of the parties is left feeling perplexed as to what happened….

7 tips for managing conflict in a multicultural workplace

By Sue Bryant
22nd October 2018

Conflict at work is wearing and demoralizing. But how to manage it – and how to perceive it – depends on the culture of the individuals concerned. Here’s our 7 tips for managing conflict in a multicultural team. …

What impact does culture have on different generations?

By Sue Bryant
18th May 2018

Today’s workplaces are highly diverse. People of different generations, cultures, genders and faiths are thrown together and expected to function as a team. Managers need to be extremely culturally sensitive to get all these people to work in harmony. Simply acknowledging differences is not enough to promote diversity; these differences need to be celebrated, not just tolerated.

The rewards are great; diverse teams have a greater breadth of experience, perspective and approaches to problem-solving. A diverse team may well be an asset, too, in that it is an accurate reflection of your customer base. But how do you achieve a truly inclusive environment in the workplace? Here are 10 suggestions….

11 tips on building trust across cultures

By Sue Bryant
26th March 2018

As business relationships become more global, learning to trust people from different cultures is all the more important to healthy business relationships. Different cultures sense trust in different ways. Pragmatic, task-based Americans are likely to trust someone based on their skills, their track record and their references. On the other hand, emotional South Americans and Arabs will trust someone because they like them, they have established common ground and they feel a sense of rapport. Understanding how to build – and maintain – trust is vital to business success….

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