The joy of working in a multicultural environment

15 April 2024

Ivan Berberov

What is the common thing between a mystery box, a surprise birthday party and working in a remote multicultural team? If you want to have a good time, you need to subscribe to the philosophy of J.O.D.

You have heard about JOMO (Joy of Missing out), and you have heard of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). But JOD? We bet it’s new to you. Probably because we just came up with it – The Joy of Discovery. This way of thinking describes the pleasant surprise of never knowing what you might experience or learn next. Like the “Interdimensional Cable” episodes of Rick and Morty. But real.

This philosophy is not only about opening your mind to new experiences and perspectives, but actually feeling the joy of learning new stuff. If you follow this, you will thrive in any culturally diverse environment. The more diverse, the better.

Because remote work isn’t just about traveling to exotic locations—it’s about embracing a global mindset and thriving in a multicultural environment. It’s not just about working from anywhere; it’s about connecting with people from diverse backgrounds, exchanging ideas with them, and understanding different cultures. You will have a far better time if your mindset is open to new experiences and eager to learn from others.

To truly find joy in discovering new cultures and perspectives, you need to accept and respect how other people are different than you. Empathy is also a major factor. This will allow cultural immersion, whether it’s through living abroad or collaborating with colleagues from around the world from the comfort of your home.

It’s about delving deeper into the intricacies of different cultures, appreciating their nuances, and building meaningful relationships. You might learn a new proverb that will present you with a new way of viewing the world or give you a deep perspective in how a culture works and survives. And that is from only 1 proverb.

For example, a designer from Chille told us that: The one who eats silently, eats twice. Meaning that if you are not bragging about your situation or your “winnings” you might take more with you.

While an engineer from Bulgaria told us: Take a big bite, don’t say a big word. Meaning that doing something significant is always better than bragging about what you might do.

By embracing cultural diversity, remote workers enrich their experiences and gain a deeper understanding of the world they live in. With the right mindset it is truly an adventure.

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