Education – Some of us pursue formal training (i.e.college degrees, certification programs, etc.) before entering our careers and others learn their roles on the job.If someone asks for an accommodation that doesn’t negatively affect the results of their work, you should freely grant it.However, if cultural differences are impacting a person’s ability to complete their job, steps will need to be taken to help them adapt their workflow. Identify whether or not you can reasonably accommodate the cultural difference.Ethnicity – Ethnicity or national origin create a lot of differences in regards to how people perceive certain expressions, behaviors, gestures, and habits.In Japan, generally speaking, people tend to be more formal than in the United States.Someone used to an environment where there is an emphasis on seniority and status may find it difficult to adapt to a flatter organizational structure.Someone who is used to self-organizing may find it difficult to adapt to top-down approaches.
As you demonstrate a willingness to learn about and accommodate cultural differences, most of your employees will respond positively.
While many of the differences between us are overblown, our varying life experiences and stages in life can strongly influence how we act and think when it comes to work.
Work Experience – When someone moves from a larger corporation to a startup, or vice versa, they often face some form of culture shock when they get there.
For example, New Yorkers are known for their fast pace and long hours.
Someone new to New York City may struggle to keep up with that pace, and a New Yorker moving to a smaller city might rub some people the wrong way with their constant sense of urgency.