Unit 20 Reading Activities Plus Questions

Read the following text and then complete the activities that follow.

A Company Newsletter Article Promoting Multicultural Offices

Welcome to the inaugural edition of our company newsletter! This week, we are shining the spotlight on the cultural dimensions according to Geert Hofstede, and how they can be used to help us improve our office culture.

As human beings, it is our nature to make assumptions about one another based on little information. We tend to form social biases, stereotypes and even prejudices that can have a significant impact on short-term interactions with colleagues and longer-term development of relationships in the workplace. By understanding the concept of cultural dimensions — which was developed by Dutch psychologist Geert Hofstede — we can all strive for an open-minded office culture that encourages respect for each other’s perspectives regardless of nationality or background.


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Quiz: Reading Questions

1. Countries that score high on uncertainty avoidance tend to be more comfortable with ambiguity and risk-taking.
2. Self-reflection can lead to better relationships between colleagues which will benefit both individuals as well as the company as a whole.
3. Countries with low power distance scores tend to have more hierarchical organizational structures.
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