Turning Cultural Differences into an Advantage

New hires must always adapt to a new workplace culture. For recent immigrants there is the added challenge of integrating into a new country.

Smiling, diverse colleaguesWhen new immigrant hires face workplace dilemmas, it can sometimes be attributed to cultural differences. But making this link can be complex and problematic. A good way for employers to turn these cultural differences into a positive is by:

  • Learning how to overcome unconscious bias that may influence their own actions and decisions;
  • Recognizing every employee brings unique talents, experiences and perspectives which can drive competitiveness and innovation; and
  • Creating an “open” environment where staff are free to ask questions and learn about differences.
Read more about overcoming the risks of linking workplace challenges to culture from Athina Schloo, Director of Employee Programs and HR Initiatives at RBC.