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smart phone. This coupled with advances and expansion of global delivery services the world is quite literally at our finger tips. This has shown an ever growing need to expand a company’s knowledge into these newly accessible world cultures. Although, it is important having a multicultural staff can be challenging a times. Differentcultures have their own way of handling, interactions, business relationships, and really any kind of social aspect can all be different depending on the culture you are in. In a global economic world it is extremely important that you take the time to understand the culture you are dealing with because understanding the different aspects can help lead to a better business interaction[Mic17]. There are six types of value perspectives and each culture has their very owndistinct mix; Power Distance, Individualism vs. Collectivism, Masculinity vs. Femininity, Uncertainty Avoidance, Long Term vs. Short Term Orientation and Indulgence vs. Restraint are all ways that cultures can interact in a business environment[Mic17]. Gaining true understanding
Multicultural Staff6on how to respect and interact with these different cultures can gain a team unlimited success in what every project they are trying to accomplish. A good example is the value perspective of power distance; the Chinese culture has a very high power distance culture. This means that the people with power are clearly in charge and do not interact with the workers below them. This however is very different from the United States where we try to work as a team no matter wherewe are in the chain of command[Mic17]. Learning how to steer a group of diverse staff members while respecting each individual’s culture can be one of the hardest challenges of a leader.Nothing can ever be all good so of course there are a few draw backs to having a multicultural staff. One of the more obvious problems that could arise is the communications issue. Having different cultures, made up of people from different countries will drive a fairly large language barrier. Even speaking the same basic language can become a problem depending on what part, of what country you come from. Saying in the South East of the U.S. may not translate to the North West. Having a communication issue is really one of the most physical differences that can arise. Another issue could be as simple as some people are afraid of change or things that are different. This does not stem from racism of bigotry but just not being comfortable working around other cultures because it is something outside their comfort zone[Kat191]. Having these issues can really be addressed by understanding these fears and combating them head on with training and a well thought out plan. This of course brings us to another issue, cost. Taking the time to train all the employees on how to interact with each other can be a very large financial burden on company[Nei181]. For a large, well established corporation this financial burden may not be an issue but for a young upstart it could be an investment they don’t seem worth making. Taking the time to truly train and educate the staff on