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Cultural Differences in the Workplace

Autor:   •  March 15, 2011  •  Essay  •  256 Words (2 Pages)  •  1,560 Views

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• Fair and equal treatment of all employees

• Achievements recognised and rewarded

• Open management style

• Regular feedback

• Open and honest communication

• Clear goals set out

• Regular training

• Equal opportunities for all employees

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Cultural differences in the workplace

Most Australian workplaces today employ people from diverse cultural backgrounds. Some workers may have specific cultural needs or requirements which should be taken into account.

• Dress - Some cultures have specific clothing such as headscarves or turbans that are worn at all times.

• Religious practices - Some religions require time during work each day for prayer or time off for special religious days.

• Customs - Some cultures can or can't have specific foods and drinks, or may have rules about how food is prepared.

• Social values - Ideas about appropriate social and sexual behaviour, work ethics, wealth and personal growth vary between cultures.

• Family obligations - Some cultures have high family priorities which may sometimes conflict with work.

• Non-verbal behaviour – Eye contact, facial expressions, hand gestures and how people interpret them vary between cultures.

Employers are responsible for their workers' physical and psychological health and well-being and should encourage tolerance and respect for cultural differences in the workplace.

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