Having a diverse workforce is critical to making sure that your company is success. This is because different cultures, religions, and economic classes think differently and provide additional input that other people on the team might not have thought of. However, it can be difficult to get a diverse team to work together due to potential tension between the members of different cultures. One way to help ease this tension and increase overall empathy is to role play different intercultural scenarios. Here are some tips for creating this interactive diversity program so that it is as helpful and efficient as possible.
1. Create Fake Cultures
It is too easy to fall into stereotypes if you use cultures that are currently in the world. A better bet for you is to simply create three or four cultural groups and label them by color or by number. Have your team come up with a list of different cultural beliefs and experiences that might clash with each other in a team setting. Once you have a list of three to four times the number of groups that you have created, assign these cultural beliefs and norms to the groups randomly. Then, divide up your team randomly in each group.
2. Create Scenarios
Once you have the fake cultural groups created and the people assigned to the fake cultural groups, have your team come up with potential problems that could occur between the members of one cultural group and another. For example, if one cultural group likes to get really close to people when they talk and another cultural group highly values personal space, there might be a conflict where the cultural groups are offended by one another. Having your team create scenarios will allow you to fall into the practice of stereotyping and will also give your team space to think about potential cultural conflicts that they might be experiencing in their own life.
3. Role Play
Finally, have your team get in front of the group and have members practice working through and role playing the scenarios that they have created. This will allow your team to figure out healthy ways to communicate cultural discomfort and make sure that everyone is able to have their boundaries maintained in a healthy and safe way. This can help your team also learn to communicate past cultural barriers so that you get more done.
For more information, talk to a company, such as Canamac Productions LLC., that specializes in live theater role playing and interactive diversity programs.