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  • The yard

    Audience:
    Employer
    Topic:
    Difficult talk at work

    In New Zealand, it is possible to disagree with a manager as long as this is done in a very indirect way. Some migrants struggle to express disagreement in a suitably polite way. Ben and Hans are discussing some differences regarding one of the teams working in the orchards. Hans is a new migrant.

    Question:

    If you were Ben how would you have responded?

    Answer:

    In the same way. Hans has disagreed in a very direct manner.
    Answer response:
    Incorrect
    Feedback:
    Rather than snapping back it would be a good strategy for Ben to ask Hans why he disagrees so strongly. Hans's disagreement did seem a bit rude, and could have been expressed more appropriately. It takes time for migrants to learn how to do this.

    Answer:

    Asked Hans why he disagrees so strongly rather than responding to him in a similar manner.
    Answer response:
    Correct
    Feedback:
    Yes, it would be a good strategy for Ben to ask Hans his reasons for disagreeing. Hans is still learning how to express his disagreement in a polite way. It can take time for migrants to learn how to do this.

    Answer:

    Let it pass and then got one of the other guys to talk to him later about how rude he sounds when he disagrees.
    Answer response:
    Neutral
    Feedback:
    This is a possibility. However, rather than getting someone else to talk to him a better strategy could be for Ben to ask Hans why he disagrees so strongly. For many migrants, learning to express disagreement appropriately can take time.

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