In our previous article
Understanding, Accepting and Embracing a Multinational Workplace, Part 1,
we addressed how and why companies struggle when merging multiple nationalities (diverse cultures). Here we would like to offer tips from a management perspective on overcoming those obstacles and highlight some of the advantages of a multinational company. Globalization and technology has led to dealing with people from all over the world on a daily basis. Diverse international backgrounds and experiences can create a unique, very effective and flourishing workplace if certain steps are taken. The key is to ensure cultural differences are understood and respected.
Let's review from our previous article, some of the challenges faced when combining a group of individuals from different cultural backgrounds. Primarily, these are behavioral/ societal differences impacting the work place: