Cultural Differences In A Multi Cultural Team

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Multiculturalism describes the existence, acceptance, or promotion of multiple cultural traditions within a single jurisdiction, usually considered in terms of the culture associated with an ethnic group (Wikipedia, 2015). Workplace in today’s organisations has employees from diversified backgrounds and as sharing of knowledge is global and seamless, irrespective of audience; the environment has become friendlier than before, and colleagues are friends or a friend of friends, resulting in hiring known individuals, hence leading to a team that has members from known yet diversified backgrounds. There has been a welcome change at ‘C’ level group, where top level management team is multicultural too. Team is made of professionals who can work …show more content…
Teams whose members come from different nations and backgrounds place special demands on managers—especially when a feuding team looks to the boss for help with a conflict” (authours, 2006). In addition, insufficient awareness of existence of differences, insufficient understanding and willingness are vital areas to be worked upon. Cultural differences can create substantial difficulties to effective teamwork. A negative aspect of multiculturalism is that it is prone to conflicts between different cultures and this occurs when multiculturalism is viewed in a wrong, negative perspective. One of the main barriers of multi-cultural team is direct versus indirect communication; trouble understanding the accents along with the fluency; differing attitudes toward hierarchy and authority; and conflicting norms for decision making. Demonstrating a known incident, a friend was hired in a multi-cultural team where existing members did not welcome him as a part of the team due to him being the only member from different background. As days went by, the communication between them was not as seamless as it should have been. Whenever a meeting was held, there were conflicts and no positive results were achieved. In one of the Client meeting, my friend demonstrated his experience and was able to tackle client’s queries which eventually resulted in the company winning the project deal. Since then all team members took a notice of him and appreciated his contribution. Teams face lots of challenges in real time scenario and it’s the responsibility of the manager to get through the hurdles and run a consistent and a well-balanced team. Managers who see problems at an early stage and work towards fixing them will always succeed in the long run. Frustration may lead to more

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