Impact of English Skills in the workplace

15 Marzo 2022
Mundo profesional
Impact of English Skills in the workplace

English in the workplace. Impact of English Skills on...

★ Hiring and Selection

  • Hiring applicants with strong English skills reduces the amount of resources spent on language and job training delivered in English. 
  • Hiring employees with strong English-language skills makes it easier to promote from within if higher level positions require a stronger command of the English language. 
  • Having a lingua franca strengthens corporate identity; we thus focus our hiring efforts on employees with high levels of English proficiency. 
  • Language-sensitive recruitment helps narrow down a large pool of applicants to a more manageable number. 

★ Training and Professional Development

  • Low proficiency in English may prevent employees from participating in corporate training or professional devel- opment programs.
  • Low proficiency in English may interfere with how much employees are able to benefit from corporate training or professional development programs delivered in English.
  • High English proficiency helps ensure that employees are able to contribute their knowledge and expertise.
  • High proficiency in English helps employees accurately and clearly capture the message intended for discussion.
  • High proficiency in English helps employees convey their thoughts and ideas in relation to professional matters clearly and accurately.
  • High proficiency in English makes it easier to implement new learning or new policies.
  • A higher degree of English fluency opens the channels of communication across employees.

★ On-the-Job Performance

  • Proficiency in English leads to creating strong team-building opportunities.
  • Proficiency in English has helped develop English-language skills for interaction with managers, to prepare them for visits, and technical inspection from outside the company.
  • Low proficiency in English contributes to broken promises and human oversight leading to disappointing service outcomes.
  • English-language misunderstandings may stand in the way of major cross-border transactions (e.g., contract with a supplier, merger and acquisition, foreign direct investment), which may in turn cause significant economic losses.
  • Low proficiency in English might lead employees to understand only the basic message in a meeting, not the contextual nuances, which can sometimes be critical.
  • Low proficiency in English might lead to written reports and e-mails taking longer to write and having more errors.
  • Employees’ lack of confidence in English leads to customers not having confidence in them, which might lead to doing business with the competitor.
  • Low proficiency in English skills might lead individuals to appear “flat,” “nonverbal,” or “lacking in insight” given their limited vocabulary in English.

★ Promotions, Career Mobility, and International Assignments

  • Limited English-language skills may reduce the chances of being promoted.
  • Employees fluent in English will have an easier time developing international networks.
  • Employees who are highly proficient in English are more likely to be chosen for international assignments.
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