Humanitarians work tirelessly to provide hope, resources, and relief in some of the direst natural disasters and conflicts around the globe. Very few receive ongoing professional development and training either because they cannot afford it or because the classes take place in locations not accessible from the field.
No matter how large or small an organization, whether it works online or offline, its employees will have to deal with a different culture or language at some point. This could be colleagues from abroad who haven’t fully mastered the local language yet, as well as partners, suppliers or customers in another country. Such encounters can be highly rewarding as they offer insights into a different culture and perspective.
For the 6th consecutive year, the reality check on eLearning and L&D practices Speexx Exchange took place on November 30 Berlin, at the Intercontinental Hotel. HR thought leader and Speexx Exchange keynote speaker Laura Overton - CEO of Towards Maturity inaugurated the day.
At the end of November 2016, the 6th edition of Speexx Exchange will take place in Berlin. Laura Overton, who has moderated Speexx Exchange since 2011, has observed a strong evolution in the quality of the discussions.
Supporting your employees in learning a second language equips them with the skills they need to thrive in a global market. It will enable your workforce to enter new markets and effectively interact with potential clients and colleagues.
When it comes to cross-cultural communication, soft skills such as listening and emotional intelligence can be just as important as hard language skills.In a globalized workplace, cultural cues can be easily misread or missed entirely, and soft skills play a big role in reducing miscommunication.
How does this affect HR leaders? The issue for organisations is that many have very recently unveiled shiny new social media-style platforms for collaboration and learning and development designed in part to appeal to Millennials, only to find that the Millennials have shifted allegiance to a different kind of communication.
Transforming learning is the number one priority for delivering business impact, according to a survey unveiled this month by global research and benchmarking organisation, Towards Maturity. This reflects Speexx’s findings from its latest annual Exchange survey, carried out in December 2.
We recently spoke with Mohaned from Libya, who has just completed his first Speexx Tutor course in English. The 6-month course was provided to him as part the Libyan Red Crescent’s collaboration with DisasterReady and Speexx. Together with DisasterReady, we have enabled thousands of volunteers from charities around the world to improve their language skills online.
In the Speexx Exchange 2015-16 Survey, we spoke to 220+ HR and L&D professionals who told us what’s happening in their organisations right now with regard to e-learning, business communication, mobile learning, talent management systems, and Big Data. Things are clearly moving ahead, with more and more managers reaching their goals, yet a number of barriers still need to be overcome for them to really thrive.