DHM: Family first
Appreciate that family is the first priority for Hispanics.
As Anglos, we say we care about family, but it’s nothing compared to the type of attention Hispanics pay to their families, points out a Texas Panhandle dairy producer who manages 78 employees. Family can be more important than work. An American may miss his or her child’s ball game because there is a work commitment. The Hispanic may judge this activity more important than work. Take time to learn about their families.
CAR: This is a very true statement which is very applicable to Anglos as well. Would you not agree that currently in the US the motto today is family first! In fact, ask any private bovine practitioners what is their selling point when hiring a new veterinarian and they will tell you that it is assurance of family time. In fact, it is my unsolicited opinion that the excuse to attend a child's ball game may even be used too much by many Anglo workers to get off work!
DHM: Corruption happens
Be aware that Hispanics come from a culture where corruption and mistrust are commonplace. Generally, Hispanics believe that if someone gets ahead of them, that person will try to take advantage of them. The ‘if you don’t cheat, you don’t get ahead’ attitude is seen as normal in Mexico, says Gonzalez. Because of the corruption, Hispanics have a hard time trusting anyone. You can overcome that trust deficit with consistent actions that prove your trustworthiness.
CAR: Again this is a generalization and cannot be used as a commonality among Latinos. Are you saying that in the US, especially with what happened with Bernie Madoff, in Wall Street, the banking systems and our retirement, this sentiment is not pervasive in many Anglos? Further, the implication to me is that Latino’s get ahead by cheating.
DHM: Education isn’t a high priority
Hispanics are very intelligent, but they have been raised in countries that cannot put education at a high priority because of their economic situation. This is in contrast to America where good schools are readily available; we attend high school and are encouraged to further our education beyond high school. But, don’t underestimate the intelligence of your Hispanic employees.
CAR: Why would Hispanics not be intelligent? In my experience as a dairy veterinarian in the US (32 years) Latino employees do value education for their children because they see it as the great equalizer to the inequities of life. Many of our public and private universities have Latino students from low income homes whom have been encouraged to further their education at home. What is true is that in the US many Latino children come from poor schools and perhaps are taught by teachers that are not sensitive or understand cultural diversity and thus there may not be a role model for higher education.