5 ways employee language training delivers a positive return on investment

We’re all part of the same planet, right?! Doesn’t it therefore make sense we give our employees the tools and skills to be able to communicate effectively with colleagues all over the world – in overseas offices, business partners abroad, and everyone else with whom you do business?

The world is shrinking daily in terms of commerce and communications. Businesses need to be competitive in their marketplace to stay agile, develop and grow. Investing in language training for your teams offers many ways in which to stay ahead of the game, and a valid and valuable return on investment.

Here are just five:

  1. Makes your business stronger

Language training helps to develop your people by getting them ready to work on international teams, making your business fitter for the future. Language learners are, on the whole, more confident so can more easily build relationships, resolve problems faster, which improve customer satisfaction.

  1. Increases employee engagement

In a multilingual global economy, a business needs to connect with its colleagues and customers. Language learners feel more engaged in their work too. Language training helps break down communication barriers, promotes an inclusive work environment, and increases collaboration across cultures.

  1. Improves productivity

Language barriers among employees, or between workers and managers, can lead to mistakes (some of which can be costly) which in turn makes it more difficult to improve customer service and sales. Training your teams to speak appropriate languages can help overcome such hurdles as well as promote innovation, productivity and creativity.

  1. Boosts company loyalty and employee retention

Turnover is costly. In-house training and development programmes help attract and retain talented employees, who are more likely to remain with your company if offered opportunities for professional growth. It also shows how much you value your people if you’re prepared to invest in them.

  1. Attracts globally aware young people

Training and development opportunities are high up on the wish list young people have when looking for potential employers. Engaged employees want to meet their potential and look for opportunities to engage in today’s global economy.

So, you can see how investing in language training is good for your company’s bottom line. Ask yourself the question – can you afford not to?

For more information on The Language Guru’s range of corporate in-house language training, call Carole on 01273 222900 or email carole@thelanguageguru.co.uk

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