Culture-related news

Is your workplace ready to embrace diversity?

We’re quickly approaching a time where the workplace is made up of up to 5 generations of employees, plenty of career-women and employees from all over the world. The dynamics are shifting and it means that the inability to embrace diversity could limit professional growth at every level.

While you may think that the young newbie knows nuts and can’t be trusted to take work seriously, he may be a resilient individual who has the potential to achieve so much if he’s only given the chance.

That senior executive in his sixties might be stubborn, but he has a wealth of knowledge, tips and insight that could even cut your work processes down by half, if you’d only ask for his opinion.

How about the members of staff who are female then? Don’t even get us started on how that story usually goes in some organisations.

These aren’t even enough to cover the countless encounters in the workplace that deals with obvious discrimination, and we haven’t even gotten to cultural differences from other parts of the world.

So how can you start embracing diversity and the rich lessons and experiences that it can bring into your organisation? Here’s an article that might help you to get started.

Article: How to prepare for workplace diversity
Author: Matthieu Imbert-Bouchard

Resilience through Diversity

There is strength in diversity, and while it is still not perfect, it is this very trait that allows us to immediately pick up on the differences and similarities between people of different backgrounds.

It allows us to be open and more accepting of differences, and use similarities to strengthen bonds, integrate with and live harmoniously with others.

Article: Singapore’s diversity is its strength, President Halimah Yacob tells conference on cooperation
Author: Danson Cheong

Becoming a citizen of another country does not mean abandoning your roots

While a country may have its unique culture, practices and idiosyncrasies, and the desire to fit in with her society as a new citizen may be strong, that’s no reason for you to be throwing away what your homeland had first taught you as you were growing up.

This applies to anybody who has ever had the privilege to be granted a citizenship in another country, but in Singapore, this notion hits harder due to the make-up of our culturally diverse society.

Read more about why this is so.

Article: Cultural diversity key to strong national fabric
Author: Lily Ong

Have you got what it takes to be a Global Citizen?

When faced with an individual who is from another country (and thus is of a different culture), what flashes through your mind?

Do you think, “Oh man, another foreigner to deal with”, or does your interest pique as you think of all the questions you could possibly ask him or her, so that your knowledge and understanding of their country and culture increases and enriches?

If you are the latter, you’re just about ready to take on the world as a Global Citizen, and this is an article that shares about what it takes to be one.

Article: Getting Singaporeans to be more culturally intelligent
Author: Ameen Talib

Cultural Intelligence for Leaders

Expanding a business beyond local shores requires leaders to also expand their knowledge beyond localised business practices and strategies. What’s most critical before the business strategies start bouncing off the meeting room walls is to gain the respect and understanding from the brand new team of employees who are culturally different from you. Get them on your side, and they will run the business for you.

Article: Cultural intelligence – a skill critical for SME leaders
Authors: Paul Heng, Keng Keng Tan

The Importance of Cultural Intelligence (CQ)

Cultural Diversity is now apparent everywhere you go. Gone are the days when it was normal and acceptable for people to think of the “newcomer from X country” as an alien, and openly make them feel like an animal at the zoo. Try doing that now, and you’d be criticised for being discriminatory.

The workplace (and everywhere, really) is filled with people who have come from various parts of the world. Being able to get along with them requires one to develop an understanding for the way different people think and speak, which stems from their unique cultures. Developing this understanding is a part of Cultural Intelligence, or CQ, and it applies to every aspect of your life – at work or in personal relationships.

Here’s an insightful opinion piece on the topic, which we hope would help you to understand how CQ plays a part in enriching your life, broadening your mind and helping you to navigate through unfamiliar environments, just by being a little more culturally sensitive to the people around you.

Article: What Singaporeans need to know about Cultural Intelligence
Author: Mr Ronald Lee