As the modern workplace becomes more global, companies are putting a bigger emphasis on an employee’s intercultural skills in the office. Now more than ever, companies are no longer just looking for technical skills, they are also putting a greater focus on an employee’s ability to speak another language, demonstrate respect for others, and cope with cultural differences.
Intercultural skills are important to companies for several reasons.
They not only give employees a better understanding of their workplace and co-workers, but they also help them adapt to new work environments and prevent culture shock while enhancing their cultural awareness, knowledge, and practical skills.
Proper education about specific cultures is important, due to geographical differences wherever you live. Even inside your own country there are differences from north to south, and east to west. There are important social cues that need to be observed and adapted to, depending on where you are.
Here I have listed three examples that I believe could help you get started:
The best piece of advice for anyone traveling to a foreign country or dealing with intercultural issues is to take a moment and learn about cultural differences. Ask questions. Who knows, it might actually be fun to learn how one culture does business as opposed to another. The workplace is going global and if you aren’t on top of your game in these ways, you might fall behind.