Multicultural Workplace

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multiWorking as intern at agri LIDA internship program involves coming into contact with cultures other than your own. Regardless of whether you have a Danish background or any other cultural background, you will meet people who have a different background than you.

Agri LIDA has students on internships in Denmark from more than 25 countries. This means that having colleagues with a different cultural background than yourself is very common.

A Danish multi-cultural workplace can be vital and exciting.

Working in an environment with people of different backgrounds, races and nationalities can be a rewarding and fulfilling professional experience. You can expand your horizons by learning different communication skills and approaches while interacting with people from around the world. However, working in a multicultural workplace does require a certain amount of tact, diplomacy and a willingness to learn, adapt and compromise.

Patience and Understanding

Working with colleagues in a multicultural environment requires a certain level of patience. People from different backgrounds often have different ways of approaching tasks and human interactions. These are neither right nor wrong, only different. Having the patience to take the time to fully understand where colleagues are coming from in different workplace scenarios can help you all work together more efficiently and effectively.

Respectful Acceptance

Cultural differences range vast and wide, from religious beliefs to cultural norms. People from diverse backgrounds bring a number of different socially-acceptable professional and personal practices into the workplace. Whether or not you agree with your colleagues, it is important to respect their differences. This means restraining yourself from commenting on things you are unfamiliar with or don’t particularly agree with and accepting your colleagues’ cultural backgrounds for what they are.

Language Use

People who don’t speak your native language might inadvertently use words or phrases that you might find inappropriate for the workplace. Give colleagues with new language skills leeway in how they use their words. If you feel a colleague inadvertently offends customers due to inexperience with certain accepted customs and practices, discuss the issue privately with your human resources representative. This person is trained to deal with these types of situations in a professional and effective manner.

Willingness to Learn

Working with people from other backgrounds exposes you to customs, cultures and practices you might never have otherwise come in contact with. A willingness to get to know your colleagues on a personal level will create a sense of goodwill in the workplace that can translate to better professional collaboration. Most people, when asked in an appropriate way, are more than happy to talk about differences between cultures. This can give you greater insight into why people think, behave and act the way they do. Be open to discussing your own background and cultural beliefs, provided these conversations don’t tread into inappropriate workplace conversation. If you are unsure about what constitutes inappropriate workplace dialogue, consult your human resources representative.

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