Culture has a direct impact on the beliefs, attitudes, behaviours and thoughts. It also influences the way we perceive other things and establish relationships and also carry on with activities. This clearly shows that cultural understanding has the ability to deal with all those people who are from different backgrounds and varied traditions.
A good example is the happening in western societies. In these societies, we have the tendencies to assume that the ability to speak more than a language is often falling under the exceptional category. However, the report on world’s population says that about half to three quarters of the population tend to remain bilingual to certain extent (Molinsky, 2012). This proportion comes to about four billion people who are bilingual. When people tend to converse in different languages, it obviously means that they also have different ways to understand the world.
The statement of Marcel Proust, a French novelist, adds value to the aforementioned result. He states that discovery happens with new eyes and not with new lands. When we get the opportunities to work with people from different backgrounds, we tend to gain ideas and prospects. Moreover, we also learn cultures of others. Those situations that have happened for the first time in life give us the chances to experience the world. This is the very reason to insist that students should gain deeper knowledge on the global cultures.
Interpersonal skills need to be applied for better awareness of oneself. In the age of workplace diversity and inclusion, it absolutely demands cross-cultural communication skills to raise our cultural literacy (Molinsky, 2012). As professionals contributing in a global economy, aiming to understand our unique work style and how it can be leveraged can be the difference that puts us, and by extension, our peers and organisation, in the best place to succeed.
Yet culture needs to be considered at the heart of this diversity because culture, by its very nature, is extremely personal and individual. There are three factors that influence our behaviour and these include values, attitudes and beliefs. It is evident that the borders of the country do not stand as barriers to establish quality relationships (Rachels, 1993).
I would say that when you get the opportunity to experience work in an international environment, it is essential to learn about all these three factors. If the learning does not happen, there is obviously a struggle towards mission. In my view, the cultural awareness will help in future as Drive, Knowledge, Strategy and Action. In future profession, all the kind of cultural communication is important and will help in driving high growth not only to the career growth but also to the personality improvement as well (Platts, 2003). Understanding various kind of cultures, enables to understand various ideologies and activities around, in different locations and that makes the personal connection there for better professional strategies.
For example, the traditions of Japan have taken about 1000 years for the development. These traditions have got stronger impacts in the personal and professional lives. Further, Japanese workers follow the tradition to association with the employers and scare to go against their colleagues and managers.
This indicates the way cultural awareness can actually makes the impact in the professional life not only for today but also it will impact in future too (Platts, 2003). Therefore, always keep options open for various cultural learning so that it benefits in future. The benefits can be tremendous than expected like career growth, in-depth local culture learning and making better strategies.