So much is written about companies investing in their staff. They pay huge (sometimes well earned) recruitment fees to find the right employees. Then pay for them to move countries often, settle their families and then – it’s a case of sink or swim. People, that’s all of us. People are assets. People are what companies invest in. But to what degree? How much practical help is given to non native English Speaking International Employees? How quickly are they able to integrate, engage and actively contribute and belong? Language competency in a language that is not your own is only one part of the equation, having the confidence to use it is another, making a real connection is where the magic happens. Only when a person feels comfortable will they begin to fully integrate. Only when they fully integrate can they engage. Only when they can engage will they contribute fully to their team and their company.
If this post resonates with you, either as an HR Professional, or an international employee,I’d love to hear your views. You can also contact me directly to hear more about how Much More than Words can help.