Many people have embraced their personal cultural history and integrated components of their heritage into their daily lives. As the work environment becomes more culturally diverse, business owners need to be cognizant of cultural awareness in the workplace to avoid negative ramifications that include poor morale and legal action for discriminatory behavior.
A person's cultural perspective involves more than just a celebration of historical ideas or facts. It influences a person's behavior, dress, beliefs, values and customs. A person from one culture may have completely different negotiation expectations than a person from another culture, or a man may not feel comfortable working with a woman. These are common examples of cultural differences.