Reason #3 businesses invest in foreign language and cross-culture training programs for their employees is to assist them with transitions into assignments abroad. Conducting international business today can be very taxing for employees across the board. Whether that means flying overseas and having to attend a meeting immediately upon landing or flying to multiple locations within a weeks time – even the most experienced and motivated employees will feel the pressure as the days go on. Americans traveling abroad and getting stationed in foreign countries often struggle to communicate in languages other than English and some even experience culture shock. Conversely – many multinational companies have foreign associates visiting the states and taking on positions and responsibilities that can extend their stay here for years at a time! To prepare these employees and their families for their new roles and to ease the transition into a foreign country companies are creating smart human resource strategies to address the need for foreign language and cross-culture training. Employees who participate in foreign language classes (ex. Chinese, German, French, Russian) or cross-culture training are more likely to thrive in their new homes. Employees will be able to communicate efficiently with their new teams and colleagues and on their days off the families will benefit by being able to enjoy the social life and events in their communities. Employees whose assignments bring them to America will experience the same benefits. Everyday thousands of business people are relocated to major international cities like Charleston, SC. South Carolina is a great example of a state where many international companies are investing heavily in their facilities and employees. Robert Bosch is an example of a company dedicated to employee training and workforce development. Bosch has created a human resource strategy that benefits their valuable employees on both sides of the Atlantic. European employees working in the Lowcountry and Upstate facilities take English classes (ESL) from the beginner through to the advanced levels. Once they have completed their assignments in the States they return to Europe more confident than ever with their English skills and they find new opportunities waiting for them back home! With happier, more engaged and productive employees, Bosch will remain an industry leader. Why not follow that lead?
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