Last Sunday marked the European Day of Languages. The annual event gathered 150 entrepreneurs, business organizations and reps of national and local administrations to consider a very relevant fact: Languages are good for business.
Bravo on choice of topics given the state of the economy. Attendees debated the link between language skills, employability and competitiveness. It makes sense for firms to think about beefing up their fluency:
A 2007 study conducted by the UK National Centre for Languages found that of nearly 2,000 businesses, 11% had lost contracts—often worth millions of euros—as a result of lack of language skills. It also noted that (listen up, job seekers) recruitment of staff with language skills is commonplace.
Consensus is that fluency improves employability of… read more