The Development of Intercultural Relationships at Work: Polish Migrant Workers in Finland
Lahti, M., & Valo, M. (2013). The Development of Intercultural Relationships at Work: Polish Migrant Workers in Finland. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 14(31). http://immi.se/intercultural/
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This article offers an interpersonal communication perspective on relational processes in a workplace affected by the international flow of labor migration. We investigate how temporary migrant workers and their foreign colleagues perceive developing interpersonal relationships with each other through an analysis of in-depth interviews with employees of a Finnish recruitment agency and Polish metal workers it has recruited. The recruitment agents talk about their relationships with the recruited Polish workers; the Polish workers also describe their relationships with their Finnish colleagues at the customer company. The context under investigation emerges as rich in relational processes. The development of intercultural workplace relationships is analyzed in terms of motives for and against engaging in relational growth, as well as behaviors enacted to develop or not develop relationships.
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