Language learning: the corporate benefit you need

Written by Jayna Mistry on 21 November 2019 in Features
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Five reasons why learning a language should be an integral part of company strategy.

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Knowing a second language is a great skill to have; not only will it give you an edge over competition, but it will improve your business’ entire functionality.

Businesses all over the world are expanding in many ways so this is the time to stay in lane and evolve in the business landscape as opposed to getting left behind – especially if your business goal is to be global.

Learning a brand-new language can lead employees to feel more confident in their work as they will be able to communicate with customers, stakeholders and suppliers in their language of choice.

Language can be the main reason why team collaborations and potential negotiations are not met. A business small or big should never underestimate the role it plays and the impact it can have on future expansions.

Here are five reasons why you should include language learning as a corporate benefit and how it should be an integral part of the company strategy.

  1. Builds confidence 

If employees are able to interact better with teams, clients, stakeholders and partners after successful language training then they will ultimately feel more confident in their work.

Employees will also reduce the risk of miscommunication among team members, management and external factors of the business which leads to less time wastage and an increased level of productivity.

Productivity is the key objective for the majority of corporations, so language learning will boost morale too.

  1. Understanding customers

If your business is operating in a global market, then language training will be able to strengthen the relationship you have with overseas customers.

 

When you acquire a second language you improve your memory and increase your attention span

Even if some of your employees are not in direct content with customers, it is important for them to have knowledge of the language in order for them to target specific audiences.

  1. Negotiating 

When it comes to negotiating for the first time with foreign clients and stakeholders, you need to be able to understand the language in question. This is more likely to result in a trustworthy and stronger relationship with clients while also gaining respect from them.

Also, this can cut down on any aspects of miscommunication that can cause negative outcomes.

 



 

  1. Employee loyalty and retention

Businesses are now recognising that while monetary raises and bonuses are a great incentive, they should never overlook anything which can increase the development of individual employees.

If your business is offering language learning, then it will give them a reason to remain loyal to the company due to the ambitious aspect which is attached to learning a second language and expanding their skills base.

  1. Improves decision-making

When you acquire a second language you improve your memory and increase your attention span.

This is due to the process of becoming bilingual exercising your brain and challenging you to ultimately concentrate on problem-solving skills.

If you are bilingual, you seem to gain a more logical thought process as opposed to monolingual employees.

 

About the author

Jayna Mistry is a content writer for Absolute Translations.

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