Providing your employees with language training is not only a great employee benefit, it also helps your organization be more successful. How?
1. It strengthens your business operations.
The experience of learning a language is, by definition, overcoming a challenge, and that boosts self-confidence. More than that, it is a kind of learning that incentivizes communicating with new people and getting out of comfort zones. How does this translate in a business environment? Expressing new ideas during a business meeting (innovation), successfully negotiating with business partners (growth), leading and managing a team successfully (team building)... Many of the skills that you want for your employees and colleagues come from self-confidence and can be stimulated by language learning. This will, in turn, strengthen your business operations.
2. It makes employees more engaged.
Language learning implies motivation and strategy. It involves attention and autonomy. The more these skills develop, the more they help employees connect with customers and business partners on a personal level. Building trust and positioning themselves for career growth leads employees to get more engaged in their business activities.
3. It increases productivity.
If you’re familiar with corporate training, you know that most are based on the importance of effective communication in the workplace and how it increases productivity. Language barriers, which are likely to rise in a growingly global market, will hinder your communication efforts and lead to inefficiency. By offering corporate language training, you will organically and systematically prevent language barriers from affecting your business.
4. It drives loyalty.
Modern businesses are now aware that lifelong personal and professional development drives employee loyalty more than salary raises and bonuses. In a time where tech talent is hard to find and employee turnover comes at a considerable cost, language training may just be the extra benefit that makes the difference for retaining loyal and ambitious employees.
5. It attracts globally aware millennials.
By 2025, millennials will make up 75% of the global workforce. According to the Global Shapers Annual Survey 2017, this new generation regards a “start-up ecosystem and entrepreneurship” as the most important factor contributing to youth empowerment in a country. They are optimistic about the impact of technology and innovation. They value flat hierarchies and soft skills. They see themselves thriving in an international, multilingual workplace. That is why many companies are now relying on language training to make themselves attractive to young entrepreneurs.