by Margarita Hakobyan
Originally published: July 19, 2016
As businesses grow more diverse and more worldly, it is more and more common to encounter both employees and clients who are from very different cultures from your own. How you manage these situations says quite a bit about you as a team leader, entrepreneur, and person. Ultimately, the most successful businesses have been shown to be those which embrace and work within a diverse perspective, as opposed to those which try to stick to one narrow viewpoint. Here’s how to overcome some common cultural barriers in the workplace.
Do the work of learning about stereotypes and breaking them down in your behavior
If you are a member of a dominant culture, it is very likely that you have absorbed various stereotypical notions about people who are from other cultures. While you might pride yourself on not being racist, sexist, or even judgmental, it is very difficult to overcome these programmed notions.