18Dec

The clash of cultures and the associated problem of dealing with cultural differences and diversity is one of the greatest challenges of modern times. The cause for this development is Globalization which on the one hand creates new possibilities but at the same time poses new challenges. The world forms into a cultural melting pot with more diverse people than ever coexisting in different cultures, withstanding contradictions and building new transnational identities. Differences and commonalities mainly become apparent when people with different cultural backgrounds meet. The most obvious and basic difference between cultures is our language. But it is not just language barriers possibly creating conflicts or leading to miscommunication. In the most cases basic human attitudes and patterns deeply rooted in centuries of cultural imprinting are to blame.

In terms of this holistic approach trying to identify the affects of interculturality, we learned that cultural diversity can have both a positive and a negative impact on society but what is today effectively done by companies to deal with such controversial issues?

Even though the world has already experienced various waves of immigration in the last centuries forming the world as we know it today, it appears that the labour market has not yet found the right answer to this difficulty.  The old-fashioned idea of an utmost homogenous staff is just not up-to-date and more importantly not possible anymore. Nevertheless, there are some efforts concerning a better approach in this context. Today, companies are trying to focus on their diversity management. Although this approach is not yet omnipresent integrated into the labour market, diversity management tries to get rid of all main factors of diversity that possibly trigger conflict and eventually use the creativeness and innovativeness coming from their diverse employees to subsequently generate profit. With creating acceptance and transparency those firms try to evolve appropriately to prepare for further future challenges and chances.

And now it’s your turn:

In a globalised world the labour market becomes an increasingly diverse melting pot. Where do you see future challenges but also chances?