The following In-House Advisor guidance note Produced in partnership with Beth Pipe provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
This Practice Note considers:
what cultural awareness is and why it is important in the workplace
why cultural diversity in the workplace is important
what organisations can do to demonstrate and raise cultural awareness in the workplace
the risks of not having cultural awareness in the workplace
how organisations can engage with employees from diverse cultural backgrounds
key areas or skills individuals need to work on to improve their cultural awareness
top tips for managers managing a multi-cultural team
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:
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
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