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Chapter 8. The Learning Hand > SUCCESS CARD 40: Learn Cultures

SUCCESS CARD 40: Learn Cultures

If you're playing the Learning Hand today, you're playing it in the midst of all sorts of cultural diversity. Labor Secretary Chao cites a growing shortage of qualified workers and encourages us to move faster to introduce new populations and nontraditional employees into the workforce. What does that mean for you? If you are foreign born, you could need to quickly learn the culture into which you're assimilating. If you're working with people of more diverse cultures, you also need to learn about them to make your own life easier. Even if you're at home, you'll find that your school, church, and community are affected by growing numbers of people from around the world: Koreans, Poles, Vietnamese, Indians, Pakistanis, Chinese, Cubans, Mexicans—the list goes on. You're probably finding that other cultures offer a colorful mosaic to events and plans.

If you're lucky, your organization will help you learn about other cultures. As one example, America's Hispanic population jumped by 58 percent between 1990 and 2000. Hispanics will compose 22 percent of the U.S. workforce by 2010. To respond, a construction company in Des Moines, Iowa, is giving bonuses to employees who learn to speak basic Spanish on the job—but learning the language is only the beginning. It's also important to know that for Hispanics, family values are very important. Children are most important in their lives; extended family such as aunts, uncles, and grandparents also get great care. Hispanics need flexible hours to manage their personal lives. If you work with them or employ them, you need to understand their perspective.


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