Trends in Global Business Communication and Their Implications for Global Companies


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Whether you’re in Boston, Beijing, Dubai or Delhi, Business English is critical to success in global business. It’s the global language of business, yet 70% of global workers are estimated to be non-native English speakers. So ask yourself, are you providing enough support to ensure that 100% of your employees can effectively work in English? Or might poor English be a barrier at your company, preventing many of your employees from becoming high-performing—and profitable—members of your workforce?

A new survey of more than 25,000 global employees confirms that workers consider Business English skills essential for career advancement and are craving significant skills improvement. The survey reveals that:

The average Business English skill level of a global employee is insufficient compared to job requirements—which translates into workers who are unable to meet the performance demands of today’s global economy
4 out of 5 global workers say they need to use English in the workplace on a weekly basis
9 in 10 say they need to improve their skills within the next two years
More than 90% say English skills are important or required to get a promotion
Industries with the lowest Business English proficiency levels have gotten worse since last year

Attend this webinar to:

Discover the surprising results of the latest Business English competency benchmark for global companies
Learn about the implications of poor Business English on your business, industry and country
Get actionable ideas to break through the English barrier and improve the Business English skills of your workforce immediately

Together these insights will help you successfully break the Business English barrier at your company by maximizing your existing investments in L&D programs and your people.

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Trends in Global Business Communication and Their Implications for Global Companies

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  7. 7. 7 | CONFIDENTIAL7 | ConfidentialTODAY’S SPEAKERSTom KahlPresidentGlobalEnglishJohn HeymanDirector ContentDevelopment & DeliveryUnisys University
  8. 8. 8 | CONFIDENTIAL8 | ConfidentialAGENDAToday’s corporate environmentResults from the 2013 Business English IndexMethodology2013 Average BEI ImplicationsCountry and Industry Sector ResultsCustomer Success: UnisysLive Q&A
  9. 9. 9 | CONFIDENTIAL9 | ConfidentialSource: Corporate Executive Board, Executive Guidance, on Breakthrough Performance in the New Work Environment, 2013
  10. 10. 10 | CONFIDENTIAL10 | ConfidentialSource: The Globalization of English Report, GlobalEnglish Corporation, 2013
  11. 11. 11 | CONFIDENTIAL11 | ConfidentialSource: “Predictions for 2013:Corporate Talent, Leadership and HR—Nexus of Global Forces Drives NewModels for Talent,” Bersin, by Deloitte Deloitte Consulting, LLP, January 2013
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  14. 14. 14 | CONFIDENTIAL14 | ConfidentialThis figure, while underscoring a continued need for improvements in Business Englishproficiency, represents a 14 percent increase from 4.15 in 2012
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  23. 23. 23 | CONFIDENTIAL23 | ConfidentialSaved time contributes $750,000annually in productivity gains forevery 1,000 employees
  24. 24. 24 | CONFIDENTIAL24 | ConfidentialIndustry: Information TechnologyHead quartered: United StatesEmployees: 22,900Founded: 1986 (created through merger)Areas served: WorldwideYou have people contributing more in meetings, speaking more becausethey’re not self-conscious. The managers tell us employees read better, writebetter emails and are more productive in meetings because you don’t have toask them questions—they’re just more comfortable. The people who matterare telling us it’s making a difference.—John Heyman, Director Content Development & Delivery, Unisys UniversityUnisys
  25. 25. 25 | CONFIDENTIAL25 | ConfidentialChallenge• Winning an outsourcingcontract with a mostly non-native-English speakingteam created a need forimproved Business Englishlanguage skills for theproject to be successful• A growing non-nativeEnglish speakingpopulation createscommunication andproductivity challengesSolution•An engaging program thatemployees want to participatein•Complete support for theprogram across all levels —assessment, highly engaginginstruction and performancesupport•Program is scalable and cost-effective enough to deployaround the globe in about 100countriesResults• 89% of our employeesindicate that they will bemore successful in theircareers• Employees reported 2.1hours saved per week dueto better English languageskills• Potential company-widesavings of 636,048 hoursper year (assuming all7,572 users saved 2.1hours/week and worked 40weeks each year )Unisys
  26. 26. 26 | CONFIDENTIAL26CONFIDENTIALThank you!
  27. 27. 27 | CONFIDENTIAL27 | ConfidentialFurther reading
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