Understanding Our Differences

culture5“Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.” – Dalai Lama XIV

Did you know that as an employee in the United States you have more independence to make decisions and are less likely to be fired for criticizing company ideas or policies than employees in other countries? Check out 3 of our favorite tools for understanding our cultural differences. You’ll soon realize that understanding is the first step for rewarding intercultural relationships.

  1. To Compare and Contrast Cultures…

With this interactive tool from the Hofstede Centre, you can view the traits of your own culture and even compare it to those of others. It is eye opening!

  1. Ten Strategies for Overcoming Language Barriers…

Culturosity.com offers a great list of tips and tricks to make language barriers easier to overcome. If you are working with someone with a different native language than yourself, you can use these to clarify your communication.

  1. Work Culture and Office Environment in the USA…

This tool is especially helpful for our friends and coworkers trying to understand employment in the USA and how it may differ from other countries. Hopefully you can use these tips to excel in your own workplace!

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