Everyone wants to learn English these days, we throw English buzzwords around and into our conversations at work and play to make us appear more business like.
We send our children to an English language academy to give them an advantage and we use language qualifications to filter candidates.
So why should we bother training our employees? I hear you ask. Well let me enlighten.
International Sales & Purchases
Opening new markets. With stagnating national markets, everybody is looking at exports to maintain growth and being able to negotiate the best prices with foreign suppliers
The ability to of everybody in a company to speak English is impressive and gives your company a great look and feel for foreign visitors. Much better than looking around nervously for that colleague who boasts about his Cambridge First Certificate.
Tourism is an increasingly strong force in any nation’s economy. Visitors are loaded with cash and are not only keen to buy and spend, they positively expect to.
Confidence in languages means increased spending. A foreign visitor to a restaurant would be much more likely to order more if he is confident with the translation in a menu or the service and ability of his waiter or server in English.
Happy Worker, Happy Client
A happy worker is a hard worker, or so the English saying goes, and so more productive.
Their happiness is transmitted to the customer or client through positive speech and body language, giving them a better impression of the company and a better experience.
They speak well of their employer, improving the business’ reputation.
Everybody wants to treat customers and clients well and improve their experience with our brand.
If our employees are happy then they will make the client happy too.
Higher employee retention is a priority for any business. Learning & Development can play a huge part in lowering turnaround. 94% of employees would stay at a company that invests in their development according to Linkedin’s 2018 workplace study.
Up to date
From fashion to science, medicine to food. The latest trends, blogs, research and papers are published in English. Keep them informed, update and fresh to innovate.
Language training gives you a different mindset and opens up the mind. The positivity that runs through Anglo-Saxon culture is embedded in the English language and our constant softening and indirect approach to the language forces a learner to be more sensitive when speaking to the feelings of the listener, a key business soft skill.
Communication is the most important thing in any business and a lack of communication is the cause of the majority of problems both inside outside of a business. While learning a language we reevaluate and improve our skills in our language as well as important soft skills such as speaking and listening.
Keep ahead or catch up with your competitors. If they are not investing in language training for their businesses, you should be or they soon will be.
You would be crazy not to! Language training opens minds as well as markets. It retains employees whilst giving them a skill set they can use both professionally and in their private life. It allows them to stay informed and gives them greater confidence, a positive mindset and an increased ability to do their work.
If I asked you for reasons why you shouldn’t train your business shouldn’t train your staff in languages you would you tell me? There are no investments that do not involve time and money and very few that can have such positive returns.
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