Diverse cultures


Hiring people from a medley of cultures can add that extra dash of color and spice to any organization..

Workplace diversity is a result of globalization. Increased collaboration between different cultures is essential, since companies are expanding geographically. This makes it necessary for companies to understand the culture in these new markets.


Diversity, therefore, becomes a competitive advantage. Diversity also ensures that Indian managers have the ability to manage international employees.
Diversity can be understood as differences pertaining to culture, geographies, national origin and other relevant things. While cultural differences have either not been recognized or have been devalued by corporate companies in the past, awareness of the role heterogeneity plays in organizational effectiveness has put the spotlight on diversity. Consultants and training programs provide information on how to benefit from diverse perspectives, to see things from others’ points of view and to make appropriate external attributions.

Differences in behavior orientation:

Some experts say stereotypes are not necessarily bad it’s what you do with them. But sometimes they can be worse. Prejudices and perceptions are a result of personal experiences, environment or sometimes conditioning of earlier times. While an understanding of differences in behavior orientation helps become cross-culturally literate, the challenge is to develop truly cross-cultural global mangers by providing an understanding into deeper structures that mold the culture.

It is imperative to judge candidates on the grounds of adaptability to the work culture, spirit of innovation, and his / her capability to turn the challenges presented into strategies for great business initiatives. A CEO of a reputed recruiting agency says that their selection is based on the value offered by distinctive individuals to the organization and the individual’s ability to fit into a global environment without any prejudice.

They use behavioral interviewing to see how a candidate’s behavior will match the required values. This helps to eliminate any cultural bias. Communication is the key. In a global setting, two people can be using the same words but be meaning different things. Then there is a need to stop, ask questions, and verify with the other your perception about what you heard. This will resolve any communication gap and both of them with different cultures can proceed further to achieve the desired results.

Heterogeneity promotes creativity and heterogeneous groups have been shown to produce better solutions opines an expert.
Culture is neither ethnic nor racial. Culture is learned and varies from person to person. Every culture has something distinctive to offer. So, don’t get hung up on stereotypes. The adage, ‘when I am in Rome, do as the Romans do’ doesn’t necessarily ring true today.