Overcoming Cultural Barriers in the Workplace

July 22, 2017

In this day and age, the workplace is going more and more global. A lot of companies have their headquarters in one country, and a service center or different location all the way across the world. This means that people are starting to work with people that are from complete different cultures than them. Throughout all of this expansion, there might be some challenges including language and cultural barriers. Here are a couple ways on how to overcome these:

 

Familiarize yourself with a few phrases

 

No one expects you to learn English since you are working with an American person, or learn Italian if you are working in Italy. However, it can be helpful to have a few phrases from all languages in your back pocket to pull out when meeting or interacting with someone that speaks a different language than you. Knowing a simple greeting can show others that you are friendly, and have taken the time to familiarize yourself with their culture. 

 

Be open

 

Chances are, you are going to work with people from other cultures at some point in your career. If you are visiting a client across the world, or even from your own country, be open to trying new things that make their culture different from yours. It can actually be a way to learn new things and diversify!

 

Appreciate

 

Ask questions. Familiarize yourself. Show that you are not just blocked off to your own culture. Take a day or two to ask coworkers and clients about their culture and language and what means the most to them about it. Fostering this sort of openness creates a good relationship and opens the door for more business down the line.

 

If you need help exploring other cultures and familiarizing yourself with languages other than your own, contact Bare Bones Translations today and we will be happy to help!

 

 

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