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Tips & Co. #364 - Why develop your cultural sensitivity?

Working in a multicultural environment can be a satisfying and rewarding professional experience. You can broaden your horizons by learning various communication skills and techniques when interacting with people from various cultural backgrounds.

Cultural differences are many and varied, from beliefs to cultural norms. People from diverse cultural backgrounds enter the work environment with personal and professional practices that vary with respect to social acceptability. These are neither correct nor incorrect, just different. Whether you agree or not, it is important to understand these differences.

Ignorance of multiculturalism can lead to misinterpretations, misunderstandings or even involuntary insults. Skills such as cultural sensitivity, flexibility and effective communication are essential in order to manage the expectations of people from different cultures. The more you understand culture, the better you will be able to perform in a wide variety of interpersonal interactions.

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25 lectures

Tips & Co. #362 - Writing Effective Emails


The average office worker receives around 80 emails each day. All of this incoming information can cause stress and tension, and may cause people to miss important messages or misinterpret them.

Follow these simple rules:

  • Make good use of subject lines. The subject line of your email message should have two functions: Grabs the recipient’s attention, and summarizes the email, so that they can decide whether to read it or not.
  • Keep messages clear and brief. Emails need to be clear and concise. The body of the email should be direct and informative, and it should contain all pertinent information. Avoid using informal language, slang and jargon. And only use emoticons with people you know well. Remember recipients may share your emails with other colleagues, or even clients.
  • Be polite. People often think that emails can be less formal than traditional letters. But the messages you send are a reflection of your own professionalism, values, and attention to detail, so a certain level of formality is needed.
  • Check your tone. Your choice of words, sentence length, punctuation, and capitalization can easily be misinterpreted without visual and auditory cues. Think about how your email "feels" emotionally. If your intentions or emotions could be misunderstood, find a less ambiguous way to phrase your words.
  • Proofread. Finally, before you hit "send," take a moment to review your email. Your email messages are as much a part of your professional image as the clothes you wear, you lose credibility when you send out a message that contains typos.
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70 lectures

Tips & Co. #363 - Workplace ethics is...


Committing ourselves to handling our professional practices with the highest standards of integrity on a daily basis. Ethics represent putting principles into practice; they represent the absence of a difference between what we claim as our values and what our actions say about our values.

In other words, ethics mean...

Not doing what you have the power to do. An action is not appropriate just because it is permitted or because you can do it without getting caught.
Not doing what you are allowed to do. There is a significant difference between what you have the right to do and what is the right thing to do.
Not doing what you want to do. A person who demonstrates ethical values often chooses to do more than the law requires and less than the law allows.

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68 lectures

Tips & Co. #361 - Show empathy towards a dissatisfied customer

When a customer is unhappy, it is very important to let the customer know that they are understood and cared for. Listen to the customer and respond with empathy as a way to recognize their feelings and the information they are providing. To show empathy, you must:

• Acknowledge the customer’s feelings;
• Take note of the information on file;
• Let the customer know that they are being heard;
• Let the customer know that you understand why they feel the way they do.

What to do:

• Give the person sufficient time to get their point across
• Use short and sincere responses
• Use a neutral tone of voice
• Try to properly understand the needs expressed by the other person
• Use paraphrasing, reflecting and language that is appropriate for showing that you understand

What not to do:

• Do not give advice
• Do not interrupt the person
• Do not pretend that you understand
• Do not use clichés as responses
• Do not use a condescending tone of voice
• Do not jump to conclusions
• Do not only say “I understand”

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85 lectures

Tips & Co. #360 - Rudeness can take many forms

Rudeness is generally defined as a display of disrespect, a breaking of social norms or expectations, a breach of etiquette, or ignoring "accepted" behavior. It can also mean someone behaving inconsiderately, aggressively or deliberately offensively.

The word "accepted" is important, because rudeness can mean different things to different people, or within different organizations or environments. For example, shouting and swearing might be considered normal in a busy restaurant kitchen or on a construction site, but it would be regarded as inappropriate and unacceptable in most offices.

Similarly, there can be cultural differences to consider. For example, in Japan, something as seemingly innocent as laughing with your mouth open is a no-no. So, it's important to be aware of possible cultural faux pas, especially if you are working with a culturally diverse team.

Rudeness can be a way of displaying power, trying to get your own way, or provoking a reaction. It can also be a response to stress, pressure, frustration, or some other form of unhappiness and may lead to aggressive and bullying behavior.

According to a study in the Academy of Management Journal, rudeness can seriously damage team morale and performance, reduce helpfulness and collaboration, and negatively impact workplace productivity and relationships.

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105 lectures

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