In this globalized era, migration is very common. According to the United Nations, in 2015, 244 million people live abroad, which is an increase of 41 percent from 2000. Thus, we can expect to see people from all walks of life in the workplace. It has become more and more common to work, live, befriend, and even create families with people of diverse background.
With this as the backdrop of modern businesses, understanding how to bridge cultural gaps among various diverse groups is key.
The better we understand how to maneuver delicately, the less misunderstanding would occur. Thus more engagement is expected, and more productivity would result.
Whether you are a manager of a diverse group or managing in a foreign country, it is recommended to acknowledge and implement the following.
At last, bridging cultural gaps among people in a diverse group requires more than patience and understanding. It requires a respectful and honest communications where clarifying and asking for clarifications should come naturally. In the end, it is not only how you communicate that matters, but also the final quality of the results.