I am specifically referring to cross-cultural understanding here.
By making efforts to build awareness, among your employees, regarding each of their values and beliefs, you can ensure a greater level of tolerance in the workplace.
Element#2: Shared values
It's a no-brainer, you are, in many ways, a product of your upbringing. From the day you were born, you were socialised into a particular culture, along with its values.
Now, all values are not necessarily shared by each culture, but there are some consistencies, or common themes, among all of them, some of which include kindness and respect.
The trick is to take these common values and create a business culture with them.
Your employees can then hold on to these values together. And because they are consistent among just about every culture known to mankind, they won't offend anyone.
By building awareness around these shared values, you can encourage maximum co-operation among your employees, as they all work towards a common goal, while holding on to their shared values.
*Those were 2 elements which every diverse workplace must have. So make sure you introduce them today!
To learn more on diversity in the workplace, simply page over to Chapter D02
in your Practical Guide to Human Resources Management
handbook, or click here
if your don't already have it.