The first law of thermodynamics is that energy cannot be created or destroyed. Which means that what allows us to move around comes from a source that has been around since the beginning of time. Okay, so stay with me, I will tie this into cultural synergy.
All this week, I’ve been thinking about cultural synergy and how it plays out in our world. The word synergy comes from the Greek and means working together which leads me to believe that if we want to create a positive work environment or social environment, all members have to contribute in the best way the know how (M0ran, Abrasion, Moran, 2014).
Rachel Gillet (2015) wrote in Business Insider , that the tech giant google is one of the best places to work for according to employee surveys. I think, what is effective, is that google sets a climate that is inclusive and respectful of all its employees. According to the article, provides free Wi-Fi, shuttles to and from work, laundry and work out facilities, healthy food and 18 months paid maternity leave for all its employees. It’s this climate that allows the team members to enjoy coming to work, because they know they don’t have to compromise their health by overworking, eating unhealthy foods, etc. In addition to setting a positive climate, employees or team members need to feel like their experiences are being valued and not disregarded. Ideas should not be compromised or tossed aside, instead in true synergy, they are not lost they are enhanced (M0ran, Abrasion, Moran, 2014).
Let’s go back to the idea that energy cannot be created or destroyed. If this is true, then that could suggest that each human is the sum of all that came before him or her as well as the sum of all that is in existence right now. This gives us cultural relevance that goes beyond coming from different countries or areas. It’s the difference between living in the suburbs and living in the modern projects. Those experiences that we’ve learned form shape how we interact with others, how we relate to others and how we think. Some of that is changed as we grow older and interact with the world around us, but there needs to be value in that. So, a team that truly has synergy understands this concept and creates ways engage each member and his or her talents, thoughts and feelings. I believe that this is how we can create intergraded solutions that are effective.
M0ran, T, Abrasion, N.R., Moran, S.V., 2014 Managing Cultural Differences Ninth edition
Gillet, R. 2015, Here’s what it’s REALLY like to work at Google, the ‘world’s most attractive’ employer. Business Insider http://www.businessinsider.com/heres-what-its-really-like-to-work-at-google-the-worlds-most-attractive-employer-2015-9