Recognizing Organizational Culture Can Improve Community Outreach

When working across diverse groups of people, we are often confronted with values, perspectives, and behaviors that may differ from our own. These differences can present us with challenges that may make it hard to collaborate with others outside of our own organizations or to connect with community members or clients that are part of our target audience. Recognizing aspects of our own organizational culture can help us be better prepared to adapt to other organizations and populations when building community ties.

Read More

Good to Great as a Source for Daily Affirmation

In one of our CQIU weekly calls, Nishita and I agreed that we wanted the CQIU blog to focus on a couple of different things. We wanted to highlight personal stories of how CQIU principles have improved our own lives, as well as provide technical expositions of specific tools and methods that could be used personally and professionally (Quality Work, Quality Life!) to inspire you to do the same! This post is supposed to fall under the “technical tool” category. Naturally, though, I’m going to start with a story.

Read More

Manage Workplace Stress with These Yoga and Mindfulness Practices

Publisher’s Note: The following article, written by CQIU’s Nishita Morris, first appeared on Yoga International. Yoga International is a fantastic digital resource with articles, videos, and practices for anyone interested in nurturing their overall well-being. The original piece can be found here.

Most Americans between the ages of 25 to 54 spend close to nine hours per day engaged in work-related activities—that’s more time than they spend on anything else in their lives. It may not be surprising, then, that workplace stress is common, sometimes severe, and is associated with five to eight percent of national health care spending (approximately 125 to 190 billion dollars). Some stress is normal, even if you love your job. But too much work stress can lead to major health problems, such as depression and heart disease, and can also affect worker productivity.

Read More

Three Ways to Increase Cross-Cultural Communication: The Key is Flexibility

Working with multicultural communities can be a rich and rewarding experience. However, there are many challenges when communicating cross-culturally that can lead to unfortunate misunderstandings and frustrations. Cross-cultural communication focuses specifically on looking at communication practices between people of diverse backgrounds. Let’s look at three strategies for improving your communication skills.

Read More