Dr. Maninder Gill Sudhiir
Faculty School of Business, Alliance University
Ms. Rhea Gill Sudhiir
Student, School of Law, Alliance University
Communication that too effective communication is a tremendous challenge and a huge barrier that one comes across when working with people of different cultures in an organization during the best of times. The challenge that one has to face when working in an environment that is multicultural and with people of different backgrounds is just too mind-boggling. People who work in companies with multicultural environments are subject to communication barriers due to different cultural backgrounds thus engaging in different, varied types of communication. The ineffective or lack of communication as a result of diversity in the workplace can lead to the breakdown of the machinery, confusion among the workers, low morale, division and thus leading to lack of team work. The way we communicate like everything else is determined strongly by the culture we grow in and there are many aspects of the same that differ and this can have a major impact on others and our work balance. Today’s multicultural work place creates significant challenges to effective communication beyond the obvious barriers created by varying competence in the primary language of communication, which for global businesses and in the work place is English. Employees come from nations around the world thus the organization is faced with the challenge to ensure that their competencies are not buried under language and cultural barriers.
Key Words: Culture, Communication, Multi-culturalism, Organization, Inter-cultural communication, Barriers