Cultural misunderstanding in the workplace

Cultural misunderstanding in the workplace

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Storyboard Description

setting is a teachers lounge at work. There are tress characters Johen, Gregory and Tina. Johen is a native of Russia and the other two are Americans. They work together daily and have several differences. Even when we are thoroughly aware of all the barriers to effective cross-cultural communication and make use of available aids and tools to assist us in communicating with people from cultural and linguistic backgrounds different to our own, misunderstandings will occur.

Storyboard Text

  • I'm not sure. He seems a little mean and antisocial.
  • I wonder why Johen never smiles at us during the day?
  • I wonder they are gazing at me?
  • I wonder they are always gazing at me? I thought that was very rude in America.
  • I agree we should?
  • Maybe we should just ask Johen why he never smiles or socializes with us?
  • Americans have a tendency of smiling freely at strangers. in my country (Russia) we find this very odd and impolite to people we do not know.  
  • Hey Johen, Tina and i would like to know why you never acknowledge our smiles? You seem a little standoffish sometimes.
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