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Benefits of Bilingualism in the Workplace

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Business is becoming increasingly globalised leading to the need to employ multilingual and multicultural people in the workplace. Check out these top reasons why bilinguals are essential in the …

Business is becoming increasingly globalised leading to the need to employ multilingual and multicultural people in the workplace. Check out these top reasons why bilinguals are essential in the modern work environment.

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  • 1. Benefits of Bilingualism in the Workplace
  • 2. Technological developments, urbanisation, international trade, tourism and increased business travel have all contributed to the development of multicultural cities around the globe leading to a higher demand for languages in the workplace.
  • 3. Employees who can speak more than one language are able to:- •provide a better service to a wider market •have a deeper sense of business client relations •understand the differing wants and needs of people from across different cultures. Employing bilinguals opens up new avenues for growth around the world and creates a wider client pool.
  • 4. People who can speak another language earn 10% more on average than monolinguals and over 50% of companies take languages into account when recruiting (businesslanguageservices.co.uk)
  • 5. According to a study by Peal & Lambert in 1962 bilinguals are:- more creative and flexible thinkers more aware of language and how it works - bilinguals think more about the kind of language they use more sensitive to the nuances of communication and conversation able to orient themselves and detect patterns more easily
  • 6. What bilinguals/multilinguals can bring to the workplace:- •Different perspective on situations and a different outlook to life. •Greater tolerance of other people, cultures and behaviours. •Excellent communication, multi- tasking and analytical skills. •Versatility, ingenuity, initiative and intelligence.
  • 7. The contributions multilinguals bring to the workplace means that those who can speak another language have a competitive advantage over their monolingual counterparts when applying for jobs, meaning bilinguals are generally more employable.
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