A language skills gap occurs when there is a mismatch (or gap) between the language skills that businesses need and their employee's existing language skills.
It's estimated that around 1.5 billion people speak English, making it the second most spoken language in the world behind Mandarin. Only around 400 million people speak English as their native language, with most located in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
Language miscommunication can have high costs for global corporations. In 2022 alone, 70% of all U.S. employee turnover was voluntary, the highest level ever recorded.
Gallup's research on employee engagement suggests that disengaged employees cost American businesses between $483 billion and $605 billion annually. Disengaged employees are less productive, have lower job satisfaction, and are more likely to leave the organization.
Offering language tutoring to employees is a great way for employers to solve the language skills gap. It can:
Other ways to address the language skills gap include:
Employees who learn a new language often feel more confident and motivated at work, leading to increased productivity and job satisfaction.
Employees who speak their customers' language can better understand their needs and provide excellent customer service.
Businesses with a multilingual workforce are better positioned to take advantage of international business opportunities, leading to increased sales and profits.
The language skills gap is real and has a significant financial impact on organizations that don't address it.
Global LT offers virtual, 1-1, or group language tutoring of over 100 languages, anywhere in the world. Our teachers are trained to focus on language learning that results in real-world success, both personally and professionally.
Through a personalized mix of learning solutions, we ensure that every student learning a language has a clear path to success by relying on behavioral science, custom learning curriculums, and e-learning tools to equip your workforce with the knowledge they need to thrive.
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