As a result intercultural communication has become even more important in

As a result intercultural communication has become

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human resource teams are being built at an increasing rate worldwide. As a result, intercultural communication has become even more important in international business to help in identifying, understanding, and adapting to disparities in communication spanning different cultures (Chaney
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Intercultural Communication Reflection Paper 3 and Martin, 2013). Effective intercultural communication, therefore, becomes vital for anyone who is employed by multinational companies where they get to work and interact with diverse people. This topic was extensively discussed in class. At the end of the discussion, I realized that with the rapid rate of globalization, the comprehension of intercultural communication has become even significant. Its role, therefore, in global economics is a very potent force when we want positive economic outcomes. I also noticed that intercultural communication offers people the ability to operate across the different cultures. This, according to Salvi and Tanaka, (2011), helps to promote interaction between employees in multinational organizations and increase productivity. The diversity of workplaces is ever growing as people from all over the world, from different backgrounds come together to create an incredibly heterogeneous workforce. I concluded that sensitivity is therefore essential in companies with diverse people and this sensitivity can be established through intercultural communication. I also understood that intercultural communication helps in fostering respect. It is evident that different cultures have different ways of communicating and conflicts may arise in a workplace if the coworkers do not consider these differences. Lack of respect in a workplace only means that resentment will take a foothold and this can be detrimental to the efforts of an organization to achieve success. I noticed that intercultural communication does not necessarily ignore these societal differences but instead respects the variations that exist among the human race thus enabling people to transmit information.
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