Cultural awareness in the workplace
Produced in partnership with Beth Pipe
Cultural awareness in the workplace

The following In-house Advisor practice note Produced in partnership with Beth Pipe provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Cultural awareness in the workplace
  • What is cultural
  • and why is it important in the workplace?
  • Why is cultural
  • important in a workplace?
  • What can an organisation do to demonstrate and raise cultural awareness in the workplace?
  • What are the risks to an organisation of a lack of cultural awareness?
  • Engaging with people from diverse cultural backgrounds
  • How can you develop your cultural awareness?
  • Top tips for managers managing a multicultural team

This Practice Note considers:

  1. what cultural awareness is and why it is important in the workplace

  2. why cultural diversity in the workplace is important

  3. what organisations can do to demonstrate and raise cultural awareness in the workplace

  4. the risks of not having cultural awareness in the workplace

  5. how organisations can engage with employees from diverse cultural backgrounds

  6. key areas or skills individuals need to work on to improve their cultural awareness

  7. top tips for managers managing a multi-cultural team

What is cultural awareness and why is it important in the workplace?

Culture in itself is difficult to define. Broadly speaking, it is a unique pattern of thoughts, feelings and behaviours which are usually picked up from four main areas:

  1. families

  2. schooling

  3. work experiences

  4. life experiences

These thoughts and behaviours are learned, developed and reinforced during our lives, and for each different culture there are different cultural norms. It is important not to fall into the trap of stereotyping cultures. While there may be shared behaviours, or unspoken or hidden messages tied up in what we are saying or how we behave which will be understood by those with the same cultural background, it is no more accurate to say that all Americans are alike than it is to say that all British people are alike. On top of our cultural behaviours we all remain unique individuals.

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