Multiculturalism at Work: An Opportunity for Understanding and Productivity


Multiculturalism exists across the globe and migration is the primary contributor to this. As technology develops and the global population increases, people start to migrate to better places to build a better and more stable future for themselves and their families. Migration does not only take place within a country, but is transnational as well. Throughout history people have taken enormous risks to migrate in the desire for a better life.

Regardless of ethnicity, race and religious, people struggle for their lives and at the same time they are striving to generate more development for the countries they work in.

Migration has its own uniqueness and effects; multiculturalism is the most prominent one. If we go through some countries like Turkey, Malaysia, Brunei, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, it can be seen that the migration to these countries has changed the environment and the productivity.

Basically, the Islamic economy focuses on cooperation rather than the competition. From this point, it is clear that in order to boost up the country’s development, the support from the citizens as well as the external experts are undeniably needed.

Many people have no idea how multiculturalism contributes to the stability and the economic health of countries. Actually, the cultural diversity gives advantages to the organisations and companies in these countries. Considering that employees are the assets of a company or organisation this diversity is important. Employing a diverse group of high-quality workers can lead to fruitful achievement.

People have different ways of thinking and this can be a strength for the company if appreciated and harnessed in the correct way. Diversified thinking creates the best productivity since it is a varied collection of ideas. It is known that different people come with different potential and talents. Thus, apart from the creativity, they have much more to offer.

Creativity is about making something new, but innovation is about developing something by adding extra values to it. Successful production does not focus totally on the workers’ creativity, but it also takes innovation as the benchmark too. Another aspect that is rarely recognised by people is that multiculturalism is the best platform to generate better mutual understanding between workers and the employers as well as between the colleagues themselves. Undeniably, mutual understanding can also be created between workers with the same backgrounds, but the cultural diversity is a bonus to enhance this aspect and it can directly empower teamwork.

Cultural diversity has at the same time the ability to wipe out the gap between workers and also eliminate stereotypes among them. This is due to the fact that external employees secured their positions through academic and career performance and proficiency in their respective fields.

In the case of Muslim countries, it can be concluded that most of them are culturally diverse. This is a valuable factor for economic empowerment to be achieved. Cooperation between Muslims can be further strengthened and unity can be improved for the betterment of the Muslim world as a whole