With multicultural and multilingual interaction increasing in today’s workplace, companies search for ways to help capitalise on new opportunities. What new support can businesses provide to develop a motivated workforce ready for wider engagement?
The Rosetta Stone Business Employee Use Insights Survey—released during the recent Society of Human Resource Management 2014 Annual Conference & Exposition in Orlando, Florida—finds that both employees and companies benefit enormously from language training programs in the workplace.
In fact, 8 in 10 employees report that gaining proficiency in a second language makes them more productive overall, and increases their confidence in communicating with those necessary to perform their job functions. Surveyed employees also reported an increase in job satisfaction and loyalty attributable to their companies’ investment in their professional development.
As is often the case with professional development, both companies and their employees stand to benefit. While language training improves future job prospects and sets the stage for career advancement, it also generates increased positive feelings on the part of employees for their employers. Over 70 percent of survey respondents say they are more likely to stay with their employer as a result of the opportunity to build lifelong language skills.
Language training is a positive step companies can take to address critical communications challenges in today’s global environment and prepares employees for new opportunities—including within the same company.