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Team Building Across Cultures

Diversity Training for Teams – Why Cultural Diversity Courses are Important

The modern workplace is built around diverse teams that come together to strategize, develop products, leverage each other’s strengths, solve business and institutional challenges and keep their organizations competitive.

Diversity training for teams helps facilitate cross-cultural communication and enhances productivity. Teams exist both inside and outside the workplace. You probably have a sense of what a diversity program looks like at your organization. Effective cultural diversity training is designed to bring together people from many walks of life with different experiences: having many ancestries, religions, appearances, physical abilities and lifestyles.

Diversity Training Helps Address Cross Cross-Cultural Issues within Teams

Cross-cultural teams come in many shapes and sizes. A few examples of what a cross-cultural team might look like:

  • Five people from different religious organizations who meet to plan an inclusive December interfaith gathering in their city.
  • Ten engineers who work at ten different energy companies worldwide but who all share the goal of creating more environmentally sensitive fuel choices.
  • Six high school students and their six exchange students from different parts of the world gathering to discuss how to improve next year’s program.

How do we define the concept of a team?

Although a team can really be any number of people, some numbers are better than others! The team should be large enough to develop plenty of multiple ideas, but not so large as to make communications or meetings unwieldy.

Workplace Answers’ online diversity training series course, Team Building Across Cultures, teaches employees and supervisors how to tap into a diverse team’s resources.  Teams also learn strategies and tactics for working together successfully.

  • Explores the challenges and rewards of internationally diverse workplaces.
  • Explains the concepts of teams, diversity and human differences.
  • Provides specific "team leader" tips for both guidance and experiential practice.
  • Defines the difference between a "true" team and a group of coworkers.
  • Cultivates understanding about disparate team functions.
  • Clarifies how attitudes toward teamwork can influence the team's efforts.
  • Describes critical cultural differences that unchecked can lead to confusion and misunderstanding.
  • Points out warning signs that can signal cultural differences.
  • Provides ideal training for those working with or on global teams.
  • Covers legally protected categories.

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