New Year, New Language...New Job?

Many look at the New Year as a time to Resolve to Be More; whether that means looking for a better job or learning a new language. But according to new research, you could kill two birds with one stone, as a new language may make you more desirable to employers.

A new survey conducted by Rosetta Stone has found that 91% of people think being proficient in more than one language would benefit their careers. Indeed, half (50%) of respondents state they use a language other than their mother tongue in the workplace. Despite this, 43% of respondents can only speak one language. While it’s fair to say that English is the lingua franca of many corporations, this indicates that companies could benefit from encouraging better language learning in the workplace. 

The research, which surveyed 412 individuals also revealed that over a third of respondents (35%) feel that learning another language would allow them to improve their relationships and communications with their customers and clients.

Panos Kraniotis, regional director for Rosetta Stone commented, “While understanding multiple languages might previously have been seen as a “nice to have”, these results show that global companies are aware that they can enjoy richer, more productive interactions with customers, suppliers, overseas colleagues and partners when they are able to operate within different cultures in different languages. For companies with a global outlook, a multi-lingual workforce builds higher levels of trust that can lead to increased sales, better productivity and more successful business deals. We are also finding that employees are increasingly interested in widening their language skills to further their careers, as well as for their own personal satisfaction."

Panos continued, “The next few years will be challenging for UK businesses in many ways as the country negotiates its exit from the rest of Europe – and language will likely play a large role. By separating itself from the wider European unit, there’s a chance that at some point other languages, such as French or German, could become more commonplace – particularly around trade agreements. Making an effort to keep language learning in the spotlight post-Brexit will be key for UK businesses hoping to maintain and build international relationships.”

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