Week 6 Discussion 2, How Different Cultures Affect the Workplace
The workplace is not only a place of collaboration and productivity, but also of interaction between people from a variety of backgrounds. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that non-Hispanic White workers will become a minority in the workforce by 2032 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019).
As you consider different cultures and their impact on the workplace, you may want to look at several aspects:
* Cultural differences in communication
* Different cultural views of time
* Cultural values and beliefs
In this Discussion, you explore how different cultures affect the workplace by looking at your own culture, as well as at least one other culture that is different from yours.
Review Chapter 2 in the course text, which discusses culture and diversity, and Chapter 3 in the course text, which discusses technology in today’s global business environment. You may also refer to your other required resources for this week or conduct additional research using the Walden Library.
Consider your own cultural background. You may also consider any other cultures with which you are familiar (e.g., those of family members or friends). Reflect on how your culture might influence your communications with others or how it might shape interactions within groups or teams at work
How Different Cultures Affect the Workplace
There are many different cultures in America, and each one brings a unique flavor to the workplace. It’s important to understand the basics of what makes a culture unique so that we can communicate better with each other as coworkers.
For example, one prominent group is the “5-Year-Olds.” This group has a vibrant culture that celebrates youth and childhood, and has found a way to incorporate it into their jobs. They call each other by silly nicknames, put their phones face-down on their desks for hours at a time, and constantly interrupt each other during meetings with “Why?” If you’re working with them, you need to be prepared for some pretty crazy stuff!
Another important group is the “Night Owls.” This culture revolves around being nocturnal—they spend all night working and sleeping in shifts. Their work ethic is unparalleled, but they tend not to get along well with early birds. For example, when I met my Night Owl coworker Mike at an office party, he told me he was “a little bit sleepy” because he’d been up all night finishing his project for tomorrow morning! It’s hard for us early birds to relate to that kind of schedule, so we should
Shedding Light on the Role of Culture in the Workplace
As a nurse, you are responsible for treating patients from all walks of life. In some cases, you may even encounter people from entirely different cultures than your own. This can result in a lot of miscommunication and confusion—but it doesn’t have to. Learning about different cultural practices and how they affect the workplace can help you create a more inclusive environment for yourself and your patients.
The Role of Culture in Communication
Communication is the key to making any relationship work, including the professional relationships that make up your workplace culture. When we think about communication, we often forget that there’s an emotional component involved—the emotional weight of certain words and phrases can change based on our culture, causing us to misunderstand one another and come to incorrect conclusions.
For example, if someone is being direct with you, you may interpret that as harsh or angry. But if they’re coming from a culture where being direct is encouraged rather than seen as confrontational, they’re just trying to be honest.
On the other hand, some cultures encourage indirectness as a way of showing respect for others’ feelings and taking their point of view into consideration—but this may be interpreted by others as passive-agg
As a part of the Nurse Community, it is important to ensure that we treat everyone with respect and dignity. Diversity in the workplace opens the doors for different perspectives and experiences to be shared.
What are some things you can do to ensure that all cultures are respected in your workplace?
In the workplace, collaboration and communication are key to success. When different cultures come together in a professional environment, it’s important to understand how those cultures may influence interactions with coworkers and clients.
Use the materials in this week’s reading to consider the following:
-What are some cultural differences you have noticed in your own life? These can be personal observations or professional ones.
-What is an example of a situation where a cultural difference has been productive for you (or you’ve seen it produce good results)?
-What is an example of a situation where a cultural difference has made things more challenging (or you’ve seen it make things more challenging)?
-How do you think understanding culture can inform the way we collaborate and communicate with each other?
Culture is a beautiful thing. It plays a huge role in how we live our daily lives and interact with those around us. We can see this influence in the workplace as well, where people from different cultural backgrounds come together and learn to work as a team.
When it comes to my own working environment, I’ve noticed that some cultural influences are very prominent. For example, for many of my coworkers, family is a top priority. They may have had to leave their family behind when they immigrated to America, so now they’re often calling or texting back home to check in. This can be distracting at times, but I respect and honor their need to stay connected.
I’ve also learned that some cultures value directness while others value tact. It’s easy to see how miscommunication can occur in these situations! Still, I find that by being patient and communicating clearly and concisely, we can all get on the same page and work together more effectively.
How do you feel your culture affects your workplace? What challenges have you faced due to cultural differences? How do you mitigate these challenges?
I have recently read that if you do not go to church, even if you are a Christian, they will not hire you. I have never heard of such a thing. How can they discriminate against you because you choose not to go to church? I would be mad if I was told that I could not get a job because of something like that. The world is going crazy anymore.
Week 6 Discussion 2, How Different Cultures Affect the Workplace