Multilingualism and Business
By Maria Alhais
Ludwig Wittgenstein, a famous philosopher once said ” The limits of my language are the limits of my world”. Multilingualism in business is a vital key that will open you many doors.
Globalization has been connecting businesses all around the world. Nowadays, knowing how to communicate in English is not sufficient. Across the globe, there’s a crescent tendency for companies prefering hiring people who can communicate in a language that can be useful for business.
Why multilingualism can help businesses:
Despite the rise of multilingual youngster in the current society, companies now face a problem with their ”elderly workers”. These employees can speak proper english and their native language and… that’s it. In a deeply connected world, being bilingual is not enough! Speaking only 2 languages in the modern world is almost the same as only speaking one. Workers need to get up to date.
As a leader of your business, you must chose wisely your future workers, based on their language skills as well. And if you’re not convinced yet, let us explain to you why multilingualism is indeed crucial for your business.
Multilingualism can encourage soft-skill building
By knowing how to comunicate in different languages, employees can develop some important soft skills such as being a good listener.
Multilingualism can help you learn from other business cultures
By learning a new language, you will be also learn about its culture. It can help you broaden your insights and perspectives about how you perceive things and society as it is.
Being multilingual can give you many more business opportunities
You can see how speaking english can already give you many more opportunities. Now imagine how speaking other languages can also help you entering in foreign markets.
As last but not least, embrace diversity!
A workforce that embraces diversity can be more innovative and proactive. In today’s world, there isn’t any excuse to don’t embrace diversity, and it all starts with taking the first step.
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