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Sociodramatic exploration of working with other cultures

Managing cultural differences at work: Sociodramatic exploration of working with other cultures at HRINZ Conference

Wellington, New Zealand – 3 August 2011

Human Resources Institute of New Zealand conference participants will have the opportunity to experience sociodrama as they explore the way cultures interact in the workplace at their annual conference in Wellington next week.

Presenter, John Faisandier will use sociodrama, an interactive method that allows participants to actually experience cultural difference and then reflect on how this impacts on them and their work.

“The tensions between cultures, the different values and expectations that people have, can pull human resource professionals and managers between giving in for fear of offending cultural sensitivities or becoming autocratic and rigid in order to preserve good business functioning” says Faisandier, whose company, TUF: Thriving Under Fire specialises in training people to manage workplace emotions.

“Having a basic understanding of cultural difference is a first step to getting the most out of the diversity in multicultural workplaces”, he says. “It also speeds conflict resolution, enhances crucial conversations and reduces time and energy spent on dealing with difficult people.

The workshop will be one of the concurrent sessions on the first afternoon of the three-day Wellington conference, which runs from Tuesday 9th – Thursday 11th August.

More details of the conference presentation and TUF: Thriving Under Fire can be found at or


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