How demonstrating a willingness to be open can improve company culture

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Tolerance can be associated with “putting up with” a specific behaviour or person, or the ability to deal with hardship in life, the endurance of pain or a tough time can require a great deal of tolerance.

Tolerance within the workplace, however, encompasses much more. It includes openness, sharing of ideas and information, or demonstrating a willingness to let everyone have their say, listening to every perspective can illustrate tolerance. Understanding and accepting different ideals, beliefs, and cultures is the definition of tolerance, and vital in an increasingly global workforce and a diverse workplace.

Being tolerant of others is also an indication of caring about others. Allowing others their individuality, and diversity of thought and character is evidence of tolerance. It exhibits a morality that shows respect for individuals, reducing conflict of beliefs, values and ideas, so everyone can coexist peacefully.

What does a higher score mean?

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You are a tolerant person, accepting others as they are and respecting the differences between yourself and others. You are able to work in a cross-cultural workplace and exhibit an understanding of your colleagues.

What does a lower score mean?

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You are not prone to tolerance, finding it difficult to respect differences in others thoughts, behaviours and actions.

To nurture your Tolerance:

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Accept others as they are, accept that their beliefs are based on their knowledge and experience, just as yours are. Allow for different perspectives improve tolerance by allowing yourself to agree to disagree on difficult points. Pay attention to your thoughts and reduce judgment as you interact with people different to you. Remember tolerance can encourage ideation, innovation, and open company culture, use diversity to solve difficult problems you are facing at work.

Use this checklist for self-evaluation

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  • Do you listen to people before jumping to conclusions?
  • Do you stay open to other points of view?
  • Can you agree to disagree to prevent conflict?
  • Are you open to changing perspective when receiving new knowledge?
  • Do you travel often?
  • Do you expose yourself to new people and new cultures?
  • Do you try to seek the positive in all interactions?

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