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Perks of working with a culturally diverse team

Jan 22, 2018 17:14 IST
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Culturally diverse team
Culturally diverse team

Working in a culturally diverse team seems like having a pizza that has different toppings. The end product is worth savouring when all the ingredients blend well Just like a pizza, working in an office or a team which consists of colleagues from multi-cultural background can be amazingly satisfying as you get to learn new perspectives and hear new experience from people.  

While in the beginning it might be tough for some to adjust with the mindset of diverse colleagues, but on the other hand there are several perks of working in such a team. Let’s take a look at a few perks of having a culturally diverse team at workplace:

1. Boosts Creativity

When you work in a team that has a rich composition of culturally diverse workforce; then brainstorming sessions become interesting. You will never fall short of ideas because everyone will pour their perspective to solve a situation. There are chances that your team will come up with a unique solution that will help your organisation beat market competition. Every culture has their own set of beliefs, and a person belonging to that culture becomes gateway for the organisation to understand the nitty-gritty of that culture.

2. Promotes Exchange of Ideas

It has been observed that when an individual work within the team that has culturally diverse workforce, they become more open to new ideas. They start embracing flexibility without much ado. On the contrary rigid employees experience clashes and as a result they quit in no time. For instance, if you get a project in the office that requires teamwork, then everyone might hold a different opinion about it.  In such situation, avoid counter questioning others; rather listen to everyone’s idea and then workout solutions that is preferred by all or majority of the team-mates. There is a huge likelihood that the solution will enhance the acceptability of product or service in the market because nuances of all several cultures were taken into consideration.

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3. Multi-Cuisine Lunches

If you are a foodie, there could be no better way to enjoy the company of culturally diverse team than sharing your lunch.  You will always have variety of cuisines to savour during the lunchtime. It will keep your craving at bayto munch on the unhealthy snacks outside office. When you have colleagues that offer mouth savouring delicacies in the lunch, it’s a daily treat for you. So if you have a Bengali and south Indian colleague, expect rashogulla and idli sambhar in the lunchbox once in a while. You can also expect wonderful tips on preparing authentic cuisines from different cultures at home for your family as well.

4. Offer you diverse skills

Your colleagues from diverse background will help you enhance your competencies. If you mingle in the team cordially, it will become easy to exchange ideas and learn skills that are unique to them. You will experience increased ability to succeed within the organisation. There is a simple rule that knowledge expands when you share it with others. So share knowledge with each other to expand your limited horizon and make way for fresh ideas. 

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5. Helps you integrate with different cultures

India being a country with diverse culture is hard to explore for a single individual. But if you are lucky to have culturally diverse colleagues then you can explore more about their festivities, rituals, practises while staying in your cocoon. For say you have a colleague who puts up in Kerala, and you plan to visit that place in the next vacations, your Keralite friend will surely provide insights and genuine tips for travelling to Kerala. They will even give you smart hacks about saving money while enjoying in God’s own country. Not only this, you can learn a bit of Malayalam from them. This will help you interact with the localites there.

6. Helps you overcome negative cultural stereotypes

In the process of growing up, an individual gains knowledge about various cultures through several different modes. However, the information that you learn from these sources about different cultures and lifestyle of people from different states is not always accurate. Therefore, in order to get real perspective about the sanctity of a particular culture, your colleagues who belong to different cultures can help you out.

Do you also have a team with colleagues having culturally diverse background at your workplace? Share with us the perks you experience working with your colleagues, in the comments section below. For more such trivia, keep visiting us @ https://www.jagranjosh.com/jobs

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