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Language Training Improves Confidence, Productivity, and Retention

Monday, August 7, 2017

It’s widely accepted that by investing in employees, organizations increase their quantitative and qualitative successes; however, there is one area of investment that is often overlooked—language training. According to a 2016 study conducted by language learning software provider Rosetta Stone, while 81 percent of respondents studied different languages early in life, only 46 percent applied these skills in their workplaces. As marketplaces become increasingly globalized, foreign language skills, especially for those looking to advance their careers or grow multinationally, are critically important. But the benefits don’t stop with the ability to communicate effectively. Workers who receive language training perform better overall. Research has shown that 70 percent of employees, after successfully completing a language course, feel more confident in their work and their interactions with their teams. Time is also saved because of improved language skills; it’s reported that three hours on average are saved every week by workers who have completed language training. This time is often otherwise wasted due to miscommunications between colleagues or performing tedious translations. Additionally, language training increases employee retention rates. Day-to-day work is negatively affected when an employee doesn’t speak the common language of the team, but through training, they can feel less isolated.

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