Have you ever seen a march past? Left, right, left – yes! It just doesn’t happen magically that we see few people walking in perfectly aligned rows matching their footsteps to the beat of the rhythm. It is about understanding the rhythm and aligning one’s position and speed with others to create the march of cooperation and coordination.
Is the case at workplace similar? Well, yes it is! When people from varied regions and backgrounds come together to work united towards achieving a common goal, businesses progress progressively. The objective is to bring unity in diversity to attain organisational harmony. Notably, in a country like India where there is diversity in culture, religion, ideologies, clothing, and language – it becomes imperative for managers to maintain unity among multicultural individuals and teams.
How can you unite these multicultural individuals to create a blended, powerful, and joyful work culture?
It gets easier to solve a problem once you have detected it. It is essential for managers to know that every individual is different, and ultimately it is imperative to adjust your strategies according to the person you are working with.
Are you still following this golden rule, “treat others the way you want to be treated?” Well, the changing times require that you start following the platinum one that says, “Treat others the way they want to be treated.”
Sounds hard! Isn’t it? The truth is it is even harder to implement it.
Let us help you figure out the various ways in which you can well manage multicultural teams.
Multicultural teams bring to table multiple advantages for companies, like knowledge of different product markets, culturally sensitive customer service, and 24×7 work rotation opportunities. It is, however, hindered by several challenges like varied communication styles, language fluency, organisational hierarchy systems, and different decision-making processes. Whatever the pros and cons, multicultural teams work great if handled coherently. It is just like the food that tastes good if all the spices are in perfect measure. This speaks to the importance of a good chef, or in our case, manager!
The human brain is an assumption engine; it can assume anything and everything that may or may not be relevant. Worth a laugh? Maybe, but it’s true! So, we advise every leader to look before they leap because handling a multicultural team is as easy as it seems!