Cultural Differences in the Professional World

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CULTURAL DIFFERENCES IN THE PROFESSIONAL WORLD 1. Understanding Cultural Differences in the Professional World Deborah A. Myers DeVry University CULTURAL DIFFERENCES IN THE PROFESSIONAL WORLD 2. Understanding Cultural Differences in the Professional Workplace Abstract America has long been known as the melting pot for many different cultures to blend and become unified. To cohabitate and to become an American has long been the dream for the many who have immigrated here. Cultural competency among the population is imperative for good relationships in both the professional and private sectors. A comparison and contrast will be made to compare different ethnic groups and their…show more content…
This type of conditioning causes many Chinese people to refuse to admit health problems that would be perceived to bring shame to the family, like mental health problems. Another influence on Chinese health beliefs relates to the idea of karma. Patients are often reluctant to discuss illness or death for fear the conversation creates bad karma. As the third largest religion, Hinduism impacts the health beliefs of millions of people. The Hindu culture believes that self-control and meditation are critical for good health. Cultural differences about what is appropriate also vary widely. In the Filipino, Iranian, Chinese and Mexican culture, it is considered insensitive to tell a patient about a poor prognosis. The belief is that bad news would cause undue stress for the patient. In these cultures the family, not the patient is the decision maker and the patient may not even be informed. This CULTURAL DIFFERENCES IN THE PROFESSIONAL WORLD 5. is an issue of informed consent and in the American culture of liability it is completely necessary to tell the patient not the family. [Culturing Professionals with American Cultural Attitudes] American culture is very time-oriented and time driven: In contrast to many other cultures around the world. Americans believe in setting strict deadlines and timetables, even for casual social events. Productivity, self-reliance and
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