by Joe Elvin on September 20, 2011

posted on boyce recruitment updates,

Businesses want staff to learn languages

The majority of business managers are keen for staff to learn a new language, according to a new survey.

A poll by Rosetta Stone indicated four out of five business managers believe its important to employ bilingual employees, with many saying it would improve productivity and collaboration.

Other reasons cited for employing bilingual staff included relocating to new geographies and the ability to relocate staff overseas.

Many of those questioned claimed that they would consider creating a language-learning program in order to improve both internal and external communications. This is great news for those looking for bilingual jobs.

Speaking to HR Magazine, Rosetta Stone managing director Sylke Riester explained the benefits of offering employees the chance to learn a new language.

He said: “It is clear that language barriers are presenting a major challenge in today’s globalised world. However, it is very encouraging to see that business leaders believe these are barriers that can be quickly overcome through employment of a language-learning program to raise employees’ level of proficiency.”

According to managers.org.uk, 83 per cent of those questioned believed that employees gaining a beginner to immediate knowledge of a second language would be enough to significantly improve their company’s productivity.