Challenges Faced by Multi-cultural Organizations

Challenges Faced by Multi-cultural Organizations

Challenges Faced by Multi-cultural Organizations

“Culture is that complex whole which includes knowledge, belief, art, morals, law, customs and other capabilities and habits acquired by man as a member of society”

Sir E. B. Tylor, British anthropologist

Globalization of business is becoming a boon to corporate organizations, as economic growth and revenue rates are increasing unbelievably, if the company is globalized.

Organizations have started operations in different countries, and the workforce is becoming multicultural, having different set of cultural backgrounds, working and learning styles. Hence, managing the global workforce has become a challenge to organizations which are operating globally.

Challenges faced by Multi-cultural Organizations:

Cultural Differences: Culture differences occur according to region, religion, gender, generation and class of people who are working in the organization. Multi-cultural organizations need to focus on dealing with people who speak different languages and live by their own customs and values.

Communication: People with different cultures will have different communication and working styles. Lack of proper communication can lead to misunderstanding of work.This will effect in quality of the work. Co-ordination should be done according to the time zone of the particular place.

Mode of Learning: Culture will affect the way people learn. People with different cultural backgrounds, will have different patterns of learning. Also different intellectual abilities of people will enhance and affect their learning experience.

Cross Cultural Training is the reliable option to face all these challenges and get the best out of globalization.

In my next blog I will be talking about the best ways of delivering Cross Cultural Training.

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  • Team members from different cultures have different communication styles, working methods, decision-making practices, and ways of measuring success. People see differently how national culture affects their own work behavior. The expectations of team behavior vary among national or ethnic cultures.
    Multicultural teams face some of the following additional challenges:
    Defining how national, ethnic, organizational, and familial cultures affect team interaction. Understanding and discussing what motivates team members.Accepting a commonly agreed upon approach of dealing with challenges and handling crises.Having a shared vision of leadership, management, and way of measuring success in the team, in the organization.
    Mainly Gaining trust is vital when you work in an multicultural environment.