It is the age of globalization. In today’s workplaces, you will find employees from different backgrounds, even different religious practices. You cannot escape the multiculturalism in the workplace. Besides the cultural differences helps employees grow in every senses. You as an employee, have the responsibility of being a part of this multicultural environment. Not only that, you will have to make effort to help other ease into this kind of workplace atmosphere.
Sometimes working with some from a different cultural background is not easy. Small things lead to bigger conflict and in the end the workplace atmosphere suffers.
To minimize such occurrence, organizations are trying to build a culturally aware atmosphere where anyone from any background and religion can come and work without feeling like an outsider.
Before you learn how to be culturally aware, you need to know about the diversion of workplaces. Cultural diversion can be described as discrimination also. It happens when the employer or the other employees treat someone differently based on age, gender, language, religion, nationality or financial background.
Now the question is how can you make your workplace culturally aware? What can you do to reduce discrimination from the workplace?
To start with, do not add to the diversion. If you see that someone is being isolated due to unlawful reason, do not under any circumstances join hands with the bullies. Remember that what you do today may happen to you tomorrow.
Learn to accept. You need to understand that everyone is a different individual and everyone has different perception. Learning about the culture of the different countries will help you in this matter.
Only knowing about the different cultural backgrounds will not help you. You need to implement your knowledge.
Assumption can be destructive. Try not to jump to a conclusion about someone just based on age, gender or religious beliefs. Make friends and get to know people. It will reduce the rift automatically.