Managing Culturally Diverse Workplaces

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1. The main problems faced by Ado and his family are caused by cultural differences and new social environment. Bosnian culture and social traditions have a great impact on values and family traditions of people. People do not 'drop in' on each other (unless you are very good friends) and there is a strong preference for a private office among white-collar workers.


Such a tight private schedule may, of course, have consequences for working life. Another aspect of privacy is that Scandinavians are not very extrovert. These unique features of Bosnian employee sallow to say that Ado and his wife Alen require speicla programs and attention of supervisor (Barham and Conway 1998).
The main problems faced by people in Bosnia are unstable political situation and cultural diversity (racism) caused by national differences between Bosnia and Herzegovina. Nationalism and civil war state cause people to be suspicious and distrustful. Bosnia suffers from economic crisis and high inflation rates, social and political instability, poverty and low quality of healthcare services. Coming to Brisbane, it is difficult for Ado and his family to adapt to new environment and overcome cultural shock (Brislin, 1993).
Bosnian manager is not supposed to publicly reveal his or her feelings - and if he or she does, it should be separated from 'objective' and 'rational' decisions (Brislin, 1993). This means, among other things, that Bosnians are commonly described as 'serious. ...
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