Why the multilingual assignee is good for global business

February 21 marked the seventeenth International Mother Language Day – during which linguistic and cultural diversity, as well as multilingualism was celebrated across the globe.Why the multilingual assignee is good for global business

Learning a second language opens doors, both personally and professionally. In fact, multilingualism is rated as one of the most sought after competences by employers.

In today’s global economy, speaking a second language offers the ultimate competitive advantage. The international employment market is an extremely competitive arena, and fluency in a second language makes employees much more attractive to global organizations.

Jorge Gonzaga, Crown’s Intercultural Services Manager – EMEA, says: “Organizations with international clients want employees who can communicate in their client’s mother tongue. Not only does this make organizations much more appealing, but it also allows them to service their clients’ needs in the best possible way.”

Multilingual employees also bring an array of skill sets, such as cultural awareness and cultural sensitivity – as well as the innate ability to communicate efficiently across borders. 

“Research has proven that multilingual employees have a higher tendency to develop transferable skills,” adds Jorge.

Four benefits of hiring a multilingual employee 

  1. Strong problem-solving skills 
  2. Adaptability 
  3. Open to ambiguity 
  4. Great multi-taskers