Running head: POSITION ON CULTURAL CHALLENGES 1
POSITION ON CULTURAL CHALLENGES 1
Position On Cultural Challenges
Most of the challenges facing international human resources management are mainly related to cultural acclimation, environmental acclimation, and uniting multiple workforces. International merger obtains employees from different cultural backgrounds. When employees with different cultures come together, the international human resource managers have to struggle in designing the organizational culture, considering that the cultural aspects of each employee should be incorporated. The environment also serves as a source of challenges to the HR managers. An international merger will mean that the workforce will have to work in new environments, which they have not been used to in the past. The managers face a hard time in the process of making the workforce conform to the new environment and embrace the occurring uncertainties. As long as the workforce is from various cultural, geographical and professional backgrounds, the managers must face problems in trying to create an effective work team from such diversified or multiple workforces (Reiche et al., 2016).
For the international merger to be successful, human resource managers must consider adopting the right strategies, to accommodate the employees effectively. The challenge of cultural acclimation requires managers to develop cultural competence. Such a step will ensure that they have a better understanding of the different cultures, hence making it easy to design organizational culture that fully reflect the diversified cultures. In the case of environment acclimation, the new workers into the international environment should be hooked up with the employees who have been used to the environment, to facilitate easy learning and adaptation. To be in a good position of bringing multiple workforces together, the HR managers must possess cultural competence and effective team-building skills. The competence and the skills will make it possible to handle the workforce effectively, despite the diversity (Garneau& Pepin, 2015
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