A world with no cultural or language barriers has the capacity to directly affect both business and commerce. The rise of innovation and diversity in the workplace means there is an increase in people from all over the world with different cultural backgrounds.

Multiculturalism in the workplace can present a broad range of benefits such as new perspectives on ideas, brainstorming and problem-solving. For larger companies, diversity in the workplace can allow organisations to compete in the global marketplace. This is not always the case. Having greater diversity in the workplace can also create barriers to communication that need to be overcome. Some of the barriers include; Generational Barriers, Clique Barriers and Resistance Barriers.

Generational Barrier

Working with employees across different age groups can be good in problem-solving ideas from a different perspective. However, this can also come with its problems. Different age groups will have their own approach to how they operate in a working environment.

Clique Development Barrier

Workplace cliques are usually more common in larger organisations where the diversity in the workplace leads to groups of employees with similar cultural or language backgrounds bonding together. The development of these cultural groups may leave other employees feeling excluded.

Resistance Barriers

Organisation or company structure may vary from business to business. There are usually two types of corporate structures. One where status is more highly recognised and one where fluidity is more valued. In each case, moving from one structure to the next can be difficult to adapt to.

To become more culturally fluid in the workplace companies need to consult and decide on any changes that need to be made. It is important to remember that cultural diversity is generally good for a company. Identifying the positive or negative attributes to cultural fluidity for your workplace is key to success. Once the decision is made on which your company will embrace, the best way to address any further issues is to ask your employees. Your staff will be able to guide you on how to communicate without violating cultural norms.

Making sure that you and your employees are equipped with the tools to be more fluid in cultural diversity will be the key to making your business thrive.