What makes some employers work well for refugees – and others not so much?
Sure, there are certain industries and entry level jobs that are our “go-to’s”.
Are there common corporate values or attitudes that predict successful refugee job placements?
Employers put so much emphasis on the importance of soft skills – attitudes and characteristics – in who they hire.
Could we avoid costly mistakes if we know the soft skills we need in employer partners?
Here are five multicultural soft skills from a recent article in fastcompany.com and one more from Higher.
Send us your examples and additions at email@example.com or add them in the comment section at the bottom of this post.
1. Avoid stereotypes
Be aware of business norms, but be open minded about your team members and how they communicate.
Adjust communication styles for different cultural norms.
3. Allow prep time
When facing a new situation or coming from a new culture, people need time to prepare.
4. Monitor team dynamics
Things will come up on multicultural teams. Be sure they don’t escalate. Empathy is important.
5. Breakdown barriers
Team building activities that allow team members to experience something together builds common experiences.
6. Talk to us
The most successful employer relationships we see across the country benefit from frequent and timely two-way communication. Employers call when there’s an issue. Agencies anticipate employer needs. Refugees benefit.
You may also be interested in these articles:
What Employers Look for in Entry-Level Job Candiates – via Lifehacker
3 Situations Where Cross-Cultural Communication Break Down – via Harvard Business Review