Culture clashes are inevitable in the workplace. Even though subtle, they can lead to difficult scenarios for the parties involved. What you may see as a small difference in culture can be seen as an insult or lack of understanding from someone else’s perspective. The best way to deal with cultural clashes is by educating yourself on your own culture as well as other cultures. Knowing what you like about a person’s cultural identity rather than focusing on what you don’t like will go a long way in preventing future issues from arising.
Today, we’ll focus on ways to help you avoid culture clashes and maintain good relationships with your coworkers:
Here are 4 Tips for dealing with culture clashes in the workplace.
As you interact with various people, be mindful of cultural differences. What is considered respectful in your culture may not always work for others, so it’s important to know when you might need to adjust how you approach someone on the job.
Realize that what certain cultures see as humorous or friendly banter can often come across very differently from another perspective, so make sure to have a clear idea of whether people are comfortable with joking around before making jokes at their expense. They’re likely just trying to get by like everyone else!
As you begin accepting and appreciating the cultural differences, you’ll have no trouble adjusting to the different cultures.
Understanding the Culture
Be respectful, flexible and willing to learn. The golden rule in cultural competence training is that it is not just about being tolerant, ats also about understanding and appreciating cultural diversity. It can help you appreciate others’ perspectives while respecting their dignity – which will make everyone happy!
Cultural proficiency improves when people have access to cultural competency information promptly with the appropriate level of detail for them. In a hospital setting, you’ll need to understand the diverse cultures of the patients you interact with.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions!
Don’t shy away from asking for views respectfully. Engage with those around you, whether colleagues or patients and have them share their beliefs and goals. By asking questions, you’ll learn more about them and their cultures.
As you ask questions, learn how to communicate with people from various cultures. Avoid microaggressions. This can be in the form of subtle jokes or inappropriate words.
Participate in cultural conversations
Find communities: for instance, by participating in cultural activities such as book clubs or classes. This can help people feel like they belong to a group and have the opportunity to ask questions related to their cultural background
Participate on social media. Be open when interacting with others about differences that are noticed/discussed. Research shows this is one of the best ways to establish connections across cultures which leads to increased empathy between individuals from different backgrounds (Wang, Wang)
To Sum it Up
How can you ensure yore institution is culturally competent? Create a culture of continuous learning and inclusivity. Not only will cultural competence training help us interact with people who may not share our beliefs, but also provide insights into how their behaviours might differ from ours which makes them feel less uncomfortable and builds stronger relationships at work.
Register for the course today for our cultural competence course.