Janet, an American, was humiliated on a visit to her company's office in Bulgaria.
She had asked the person next to an empty desk if she could use a desk for the day.
Receiving a polite nod she pulled out her laptop and sat down. The person immediately got up and shushed her away.
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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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