Clashes in Corporate Culture
What is culture, and why does it matter in the workplace? Culture is the collection, and immersion in customs, and traditions of a group of people that originate from a certain geographical location. These behavioral traits, and participation in customs, affect a person’s involvement with other people, who are outside of this cultural group. When two cultures meet, there is a clash and a struggle. How can one overcome this predicament, and how can it be resolved, before the challenge is presented. These are some of the Employment Strategies for the Toronto Job Market.
Canadian corporate culture is the system of professional communication in companies throughout Canada. It does not permit the discussion of race, color, creed and / or culture in the hiring process, promotion or dismissal. As part of the day to day business process, workers are not permitted to talk about concerns related to culture. Understanding Canadian corporate culture requires knowing one’s own way from an entry-level position. For example, from the mail room to a management role, one will learn specific internal processes from the bottom upwards. This knowledge will likely not be immediately known to a newcomer, who regardless of their level of experience, and education from abroad; will not know in a hands-on capacity, what makes a company function properly.
Highly-educated professional applicants from outside of Canada will not have experience working in an entry-level job. Therefore, they will also not truly know the corporate culture in their country. A specialized expertise on how to actually perform all jobs, below ones position on the corporate ladder, is what qualifies one to be a capable manager or director.
Being able to deal with issues in business processes, and with employee concerns in all areas, is truly the way, to be culturally diverse, in corporate culture. The next time you are asked if you know about a company’s corporate culture, be sure to find out if the company is multinational or local, as well as its size and type. Multinational companies will have consistent procedures, and a universal standard for corporate culture; while local or country specific businesses will have local norms. To be well-versed in foreign corporate culture, first be culturally educated about your own country and its cultures.
Cultural clashes at work can be easily avoided and resolved, by using various principles of dispute resolution. When issues arise, immediate efforts should be made to initiate dialogue between the parties, directed at having each one inform the other about their unique culture, and how it effects their work environment. Perhaps, a Cultural or Diversity Consultant should be on staff to provide seminars, to send informative e-mails, and to post useful signs. Promotional campaigns should provide education about corporate cultures generally and the corporate culture that is intended within the company.