“Coming to the United States for college or graduate school can introduce cultural differences that even the most prepared students might not expect. From classroom etiquette to campus life, studying at a U.S. school can be quite a different experience from learning in another country.”
“Think of it this way: attending school in the U.S. is only half of the experience; the rest of it is learning how to become involved in your education like an American.”
“It is challenging to live in a new country, where people speak a different language and have different cultural values. Most people would try to stick to the rule, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” But for many international students, following that rule may not be easy when it comes to getting involved in classroom discussions.”
“No matter how well we think we understand each other, communication is hard. Our culture influences how we approach problems, and how we participate in groups and in communities. When we participate in groups we are often surprised at how differently people approach their work together. The article provides 6 fundamental patterns of cultural differences, such as “approaches to completing tasks” and “attitudes toward disclosure”. The topics of multicultural collaboration and respecting differences are discussed in the article as well.
“Most of us are ‘successaholics.’ That’s what we think is necessary for our organization to succeed…(however), if you try to do things differently, you will find it incredibly valuable. It’s rallying together to recognize that if we continue to work in this way, it’s undermining our productivity, our sustainability, our creativity.” This article speaks about always being “on” 24/7 and gives some strategies such as (PTO) “Predictable Time Off and “Quiet Time” as alternatives to this “cycle of responsiveness”.
“When people from several different countries share the same workplace, misunderstandings can generate friction”. Not only language and time management issues can happen, but how “colleagues perceive (literally) and prefer to use space” can be a topic to consider. Cultural research of Edward Hall and Geert Hofstede is discussed in this article and how employees relate to each other and the workplace.
Practical advice is given for communicating across generations, such as “using multiple communication avenues”, “individualizing your approach”, “understanding value difference” and “motivating factors”. “Younger people feel they need watch out for their own interests and are less willing to give their lives to one company. Veterans and Boomers tend to think of working as more utilitarian and feel they need to do whatever is needed on the job.” This is one of the many ideas mentioned in the article.
“The level of honesty associated with a corporation impacts the very livelihood of the business and can affect relationships beyond the internal infrastructure of the company. Five steps are mentioned to promote an honest work environment by “keeping a workplace free from rumors, negativity and dishonesty. Having open and honest communication can provide management with a way to feel out the overall mood of the office.
“The one-size-fits-all concept doesn’t work for most people in any situation, let alone in the workplace. Each company is different. However, it’s how we handle these situations that make the true difference in how our coworkers and employers view and trust us.” In this article, you will find some suggestions for handling workplace honesty.
“In any situation, the person who can most accurately describe reality without laying blame will emerge as the leader, whether designated or not.” This article discusses how being open relates to the bottom line as shown in the 2010 study by the Corporate Executive Board. Four strategies for candor in an organization are provided in this article.