We live in an increasingly international and interconnected world. With businesses expanding, transnational supply trains increasing in complexity, and workers coming from different backgrounds, the need for multiculturalism in the workplace has never been more felt, or more appreciated.
Introducing and cultivating multiculturalism into your workplace can have excellent benefits for the entire company. From allowing you to expand into new markets to increasing employee satisfaction and retention, there are many advantages to committing to the values of multiculturalism.
For us at Jublo, a diverse culture allows us to provide appropriate and culturally correct translation services. Keep reading to find out more about the importance of diversity in the workplace, its advantages, how to improve it and more.
Importance of multiculturalism in the workplace
For us at Jublo, there are many benefits to diversity. Multiculturalism allows us to provide appropriate translations across many different languages and in many spheres. From business jargon to slang, it is important that a communicator knows the culture of the language, in order to effectively communicate with people from that space in a way that suits them.
What this indicates, more broadly, is that there are excellent benefits to being able to communicate across cultures. From international expansion to employee satisfaction, there are so many opportunities within diversity.
Advantages of multiculturalism
As we have seen, there are many reasons why multiculturalism is important in the workplace. Here are the most important advantages of multiculturalism:
Allows for the cultural exchange of ideas, values and habits
Encourages acceptance of others and increases comfortability
Creates a work culture of acceptance
The improved mental health of employees that are accepted as their authentic selves
Improved retention of culturally and ethnically diverse employees
Makes international expansion possible
What is the benefit of diversity in the workplace?
Diversity is the cousin of multiculturalism, and one supports the other. Diversity stretches further, encompassing different genders, sexual preferences, ethnic backgrounds, economic backgrounds and more.
Having a diverse and accepting work culture carries the benefits expressed above but takes it one step further. Much like intersectionality, diversity takes into account the multiple differences that can exist in one situation. Accepting diversity allows everyone to be themselves.
This can also help your business expand into new markets, as the UK is a very diverse country, and Europe even more so. And since everyone wants to be accepted for who they are, showing that your business is accepting will increase customer loyalty and your international brand image.
Multiculturalism and the UK
The UK has been growing increasingly diverse for many years. From the 16th century, the UK has experienced many outside cultures, and the societal landscape reflects this. We are not a country with one language and one culture, and our diversity is one of the things that makes the UK unique and exciting.
We are also a nation in close proximity to many others, and our businesses stretch far and wide. You might be based in Brighton, but email someone in Spain every day. Or living in London but travel to Poland regularly to meet with your suppliers. There are so many ways of interacting across imagined boundaries, that boundaries are starting to disappear altogether.
Cultivating a culture of acceptance in your workplace will allow you to move with the times and modernize in time with the rest of the UK. Creating a multicultural, multilingual workspace will also make your company more attractive to potential candidates so that you can employ the best talent from anywhere in the world.
How can language translation support multiculturalism?
With multiple cultures come multiple languages. Since people do not have the time or inclination to learn a number of different languages in order to communicate effectively with their colleagues, clients and customers, translation services can be used to breach the divide.
The correct translation goes beyond simple word for word translation. Understanding the difference in tone, vocabulary, and audience expectations are crucial to developing a relationship with anyone. Our business translation services allow your website, contracts, brochures and anything else you might need, to be correctly translated so that everyone is on the same page. Taking jargon and cultural context into account, we translate multiculturally.
Cultural challenges growing in an international market
As with anything, multiculturalism has its challenges, which should be correctly addressed in order to expand into an international market. After all, you cannot have an outspoken employee problematise an aspect of another employee's culture, while still intending to grow internationally. To keep your workforce happy and content too, you need a strategy that deals with differing levels of acceptance from your workforce.
We recommend that along with translation services and drives to increase acceptance, you introduce sensitivity training that deals with diversity. Workshops that delve into cultures and the differences and similarities between them would also be a great way to increase acceptance.
Lastly, if your company has a more lighthearted workplace culture, you can have a ‘diversity day’ where everyone dresses up according to their specific culture, and discussions about differences are encouraged. There are both fun and more traditional routes to take when aiming for acceptance and multiculturalism.
If you’re planning to expand internationally and need translation services to connect with your new market, get in touch with us. Our talented team of multilingual and multicultural translators will have you branching into new markets in no time.