One of the most significant challenges in a multicultural workplace is communication.
Different cultures have distinct communication styles, both verbal and non-verbal. For example, in some countries, you observe that people tend to speak softly and use more formal language when addressing strangers or superiors. While in some other, you notice a much more expressive communication style (like using hand gestures to emphasize their points during conversation)
Some cultures may emphasize direct and assertive communication, while others value indirect and harmonious communication.
Understanding these nuances and adapting our communication approach can enhance collaboration and avoid misunderstandings.
Some effective points to adapt:
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