Article on the influence of language and culture on employee performance
this should include factors that will enhance or hinder employee performance as well as strategies that can be adopted to ensure that language and culture improve productivity
The reality is that language and cultural barriers and misunderstandings can get in the way of effective communication and create complications in the workplace, including problems withsafety. Language barriers often go hand-in hand with cultural differences, posing additional problemsand misunderstandings in the workplace.systemic barriers such as employment policies, practices and systems can have an adverse affect on certain groups.
· Roles and Status: In some cultures, a social hierarchy often exists that can create“bumps” in communication in the workplace.
Personal Space: Americans typically prefer to stand about five feet a part whenconversing. However, people from different cultural backgrounds may have different“comfort zones”.
· Body Language: Body language says a lot, but it can be interpreted differently in theworld. For example, most Americans typically signal “no” in shaking their heads, butpeople from some countries raise their chins.
· Religion: In many cultures, religion dominates life in a way that is often difficult for Americans to understand.
· Personal Appearance: Hygiene and grooming, eating habits and attire can vary fromcountry to country and culture to culture.