On 15th and 22nd March 2017 Infineon Technik India Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore participated in a one day intercultural training program. The training was facilitated by Ms Amrita Gandikota, Programme coordinator at IGTC. Forty employees of Infineon were trained in two batches at the new Infineon Campus in M.G. Road.
Today’s world is characterised by global organisations with operations and employees across the world in constant contact via traditional and modern communication methods. The coming together of different nationalities offers organisations access to an unrivalled talent pool. However, it also creates new obstacles that internationally focused companies and institutions have to deal with in order to be successful.
The best companies know this and have already started programs that help their employees build the intercultural skills they need.
An intercultural training creates awareness of the differences in practices and cultural aspects and empowers the candidates to negotiate, attend meetings and create successful business deals with people from different cultures.
Many of the employees of Infineon work with Germans on a regular basis and they were eager to learn more about Germany, the German culture and wanted to know how to bridge the gap between the Indian and German cultures. An interactive day with many activities and exercises awaited them.
The day started with an introduction of Germany and basic elements of the German culture. It was clear from the beginning that everybody wanted to use this opportunity to gain more knowledge and to learn how to avoid potential intercultural conflicts in the future. Various intercultural aspects, such as communication and meetings were discussed.
As the day progressed the participants energetically participated in the many training activities. The individual and group exercises, which also included a role play, gave an insight into the German way of doing business.
The most important aim of the training programme was to create awareness and understanding of the two different cultures in order to prepare for intercultural job situations in the future. The training was very well received and the participants showed a lot of enthusiasm and initiative.