Michigan has a growing Iraqi population as it is a destination for Iraqis looking for a safer lifestyle with a promising future. Dearborn is well-known as a destination for Muslim Iraqis while Hamtramck is home to many Chaldeans, which are Catholics. Of course there are Iraqis in other communities in Southeastern Michigan. To help Iraqis feel more welcome in our neighborhoods and workplaces it is important to understand some aspects of their culture. Consider this question:
When eating with a Middle-Easterner, in which hand should you hold your fork?
a. Right hand
b. Left hand
c. It depends on if you are right or left handed
d. It doesn’t matter
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Knowing the various cultures in the American workplace today can help us increase harmony, productivity and quality. The reason is quite simple. Cultural differences, when not understood, lead to miscommunication, ill feelings among employees and/or management and workplace conflict.
But once we understand the value that each person brings to the workplace by the beauty of thinking differently we begin to increase the contribution and value of each employee individually and of the workforce in whole. Improvement in communication occurs as we understand that putting something on the table prioritizes it in one culture but removes all priorities in another or that a basement could be a cellar or a bathroom.
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