• GLADC Lunch and Learn: Intercultural Communication in the Workplace

    March 2, 2018 all-day
    Greater La Crosse Area Chamber of Commerce
    601 7th St. N.
    Jodi Vandenberg-Daves

    We live in times that are changing rapidly. This rate of change, and the fact that La Crosse is home to many diverse people, creates the imperative for intercultural competencies in the workplace. Join us for a presentation on intercultural communication by Ayesha Patniak, of the UWL Communication Studies Department.

    The presentation will explore questions such as:

    What is culture?
    What intercultural communication experiences have we had – both online and face-to-face?
    How have we responded… with amusement, curiosity, interest, hostility, anger fear?

    Ms. Patniak will help us understand how we often use our own cultural frameworks to make sense of the world, and how these assumptions can lead to misunderstanding.

    The study of Intercultural communication is both an art and a science. We can develop greater intercultural competencies by becoming self-aware, sensitive and flexible to change. This heightened sensibility is critical in reducing conflict, fostering a more positive workplace environment, and leading ultimately to higher employee productivity, satisfaction and retention.