America is one of the most culturally diverse societies on earth. Whether it is based on race, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation or physical ability, you are more likely than ever to find yourself in a culturally diverse organizational setting. For example, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, African-Americans, Asian-Pacific Islanders and Hispanics currently make up one-third of the U.S. population. By 2050, this number will exceed 50%. In 2000, 12% of Americans were 65 or older. By 2030, this number will exceed 20%. There are over 380 different languages spoken in the U.S., and the fastest growing population groups in America consist of Asian-Pacific Americans and Hispanics over the age of 50. Because of this increasing diversity, it is imperative that we develop skills that allow us to communicate, resolve conflict and solve problems in culturally diverse settings.
Through this blog, I will provide you with specific tips, information, resources and tools that will allow you to function more effectively in culturally diverse settings. I will be covering a wide variety of communication, conflict resolution and diversity topics including:
· The Benefits of Diversity
· The Effect of Communication on Performance
· Reducing Bias
· Creating a Climate for Diversity
· Improving Team Communication
· The Barriers to Effective Multicultural Communication
· Getting Your Message Across in Culturally Diverse Settings
· Becoming a More Effective Listener
· The Barriers to Successful Conflict Resolution
· And Much More!
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