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Motivating a Multicultural Workforce by Jinsoo Terry

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Chapter 7

Understanding Cultural Differences and Work Ethics

Overview

Another important difference among cultures is that each has its own standard of work ethics.

People from Latin American countries such as El Salvador and Costa Rica are ingrained with the belief that family comes first: they consider it normal and important to spend weekend time with family members at parties or other get-togethers. On the other hand, many people from Asian cultures don’t mind having to work all night if that’s what it takes to get the job done; to them, work is the highest priority because their culture has taught them that success is life’s greatest reward. While there are always exceptions—and stereotyping would be foolish—understanding the traits of ...

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