Six advantages of linguistic diversity in the workplace.
Did you know there are currently hundreds of languages spoken in Canada and the US? In 2015, the United States Census Bureau estimated that at least 350 languages were spoken in households across the country. Statistics Canada reported a year later that 263 languages were spoken in Canadian homes. Of course English remains the most widespread, but you might be surprised to learn that’s not always the case depending on where you are. For example, 54% of Los Angelinos over the age of five speak a language other than English at home.
While our cities are incredibly multicultural, we don’t really see that diversity reflected in our workplaces. Everything is quite uniform, from our dress codes to the way we conduct meetings to how we structure our workday. Obviously, inclusion is valuable in its own right, but as more and more organizations put in the necessary work of increasing the diversity of their staff, it’s important for them to recognize the added business benefits of incorporating linguistic inclusion.
For example, employees who speak more than one language…
- Are more creative and better at problem-solving.
- Can serve non-English speaking customers more adeptly.
- Are better able to focus and complete mental tasks.
- Can be instrumental in expanding business services regionally and internationally.
- Have a reduced risk of developing dementia, Alzheimer’s, and other forms of cognitive decline.
- Are connected to more diverse talent pools, which can help with hiring and training new staff.
LifeSpeak supports multilingual employees
We’re proud to offer our award-winning employee well-being platform in multiple languages. Our resources are available in English, French, Spanish, German, and Cantonese so that even more employees and their families can have 24/7/365 access to crucial health and wellness information from our experts. To learn more about how we can help your team, book a free walk-through today.