27 June 2024

Intercultural Assessment: Your Initial Guidance to Intercultural Proficiency

In our new, highly interconnected world, cultural competence, the ability to understand and interact effectively with people from different cultures, is becoming more than just a buzzword; it’s a crucial skill for thriving. However, the profile of today’s workforce is also becoming more complex. Specifically, the cultural identity of each individual, which includes ethnicity, nationality, language spoken, religion followed, and even gender, is becoming harder to disentangle.  

Recognizing this, Learnlight proudly introduces an Intercultural Assessment tool crafted to empower employees with bespoke insights into cross-cultural differences, starting from their own unique cultural identity as the basepoint.  

Why Intercultural Skills? 

Before we dive into the specifics of the Intercultural Assessment, let’s take a moment to reflect on the importance of fostering cultural awareness in the workplace.  

Executives with high cultural intelligence (CQ) are more adept at promoting inclusivity and driving business innovation. Cultural competence not only minimizes miscommunication, but also improves efficiency, and market reach. This competence also helps develop a cultural mindset that aids in recognizing and accepting each other’s differences while removing judgement to deeply comprehend one another. Only then can we promote a workplace culture that fosters psychological safety and truly embraces what each of us has to bring.

Introducing Intercultural Assessment 

Bearing the above in mind, imagine having a tool at your fingertips to recreate your employees’ individual cultural profiles and help them compare it to those of their peers?  

That’s precisely what this Intercultural Assessment does.  

By providing feedback on 12 work-relevant intercultural dimensions such as conflict, resolution, problem-solving, use of time, tasks, directness, responsibility, power, and fate, this tool goes beyond merely highlighting differences across cultures. It facilitates a deep understanding of the nuances and similarities of one’s individual cultural identity at work, against one’s peers. 

Key Benefits at a Glance

  • Global Comparison: Covering 96 countries, this tool offers a comprehensive overview of cultural differences worldwide against one’s own, so that employees can select those they most frequently collaborate with in their workplace, and benchmark themselves against them.
  • Countless use cases: Can be used as a standalone resource, in combination with a one-off trainer debrief session for actionable takeaways, or as a starting point for a tailored intercultural training program such as ‘Working with different cultures”.

Virtual settings demand intentional communication to foster connections and trust; otherwise, they risk becoming merely transactional.  Similarly, for international assignees, failing to adjust to the local culture and environment is a stress factor pushing for assignment failure. Armed with bespoke observations into cultural differences, employees can make more informed decisions. Schedule a personalized demo with our experts and discover first-hand what tailored solutions we have to help you.  This Intercultural Assessment can surely mark the beginning of an intentional journey towards embracing diversity and inclusivity  in your business.

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