By Cultural Candor

Maintaining and managing a culturally diverse workplace can be difficult at times. However it does certainly come with its fair share of benefits. The competitiveness of an organization largely depends on its own ability to both adapt and embrace the challenges that arise, and with cultural diversity in the workplace, it is possible to do this with ease. After all, companies that do have a multicultural workforce can provide a better range of solutions when

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By Cultural Candor

Disabilities, whether they are physical or mental, are viewed in a variety of differentiating ways around the world and within varying cultural contexts.  It is important for both healthcare workers and others who have frequent contact with multi-cultural individuals to understand the nuances of cultural diversity in healthcare in order to provide better, more relevant care to both the disabled patient and his or her family. In multiple cultures, disabilities may bring shame or stigma to

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By Cultural Candor

Language. Speech. Communication. The English language has multiple words for the art of conversation. But do the very words we use on a daily basis actually influence the way we think? Many scientists now believe they do. Depending upon the language that one speaks, his or her thought process can be different. Below, we will explore the three main areas in which language impacts both thought and culture and the ways in which cross-cultural training

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By Cultural Candor

In today’s increasingly globalized world, more and more healthcare professionals from around the globe are finding that their interactions with foreign nationals and those from culturally diverse backgrounds has dramatically increased over the last several years.   Though this presents healthcare workers with the wonderful opportunity for multiple cross-cultural interactions, the lack of cultural competence in healthcare can also lead to some serious complications and lack of proper communication with multicultural patients. Though the issues that

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By Cultural Candor

Europe is currently experiencing a refugee crisis with numbers of immigrants unseen since the end of World War II. The response to this refuge crisis has been, and remains, varied across the European Union. Some countries, such a Germany and Sweden, have welcomed substantial numbers of refugees with open arms while other countries, such as Hungry, put strict limits on the amount of asylum seekers allowed into the country. The main reason for the unwelcome

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By Cultural Candor

In recent years, many organizations have expanded globally with their site offices scattered around different continents. Thus, the concept of diversity within the workplace has changed. This has prompted management of organizations to leverage the positive impact of diversity as the key to goal achievement. In addition, there has also been the need to minimize misunderstanding that a diverse workplace can cause. Below are four aspects of the common workplace environment that are readily impacted

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By Cultural Candor

Over the course of the last few years, Sweden has emerged as one of the foremost European nations concerning the sector of IT and innovation. From 2006 to 2013, the tech industry was directly responsible for 42% of the overall growth in Sweden’s productivity. This growth can be explained due to a variety of factors. Firstly, there is an intimate collaboration in existence between research institutions and both the public and private sectors in Sweden.

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By Cultural Candor

As one of the fastest growing economies in the world, by 2050, India is expected to be on par with the United States in terms of economic power. With a potential consumer base of over one billion, companies from all across the world are beginning to take advantage of the business opportunities offered by India. Yet, many organizations fail to realize that conducting business in India without first undergoing cultural sensitivity training can put them

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By Cultural Candor

Slated to become one of the world's largest economies by 2015, Brazil, along with its 190 million people and abundant natural resources, is one of the main players in the international business context. The country has a long standing trade history with the UK and is the 5th largest export market for the United States. Brazil not only sailed through the economic crisis of 2008 practically unscathed, but its economy continues to experience rapid growth.

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By Cultural Candor

As globalization increases, employees often find themselves working as part of multicultural teams. The acceptance of cultural diversity and the ability to adapt to the differences in culture are crucial for team members as well as team leaders. Misunderstandings and frictions abound when cultural diversity and its impact on organizational behavior is ignored. Considering the fact that the cost of international assignments is several times more than the salary offered at the home base, it

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