Time For Businesses To Go 'English Only'

Time For Businesses To Go 'English Only'

There are 2 comments on the www.10news.com story from May 19, 2012, titled Time For Businesses To Go 'English Only'. In it, www.10news.com reports that:

More Multinational Companies Mandating Employees Communicate Only In English

(CNN) -- While English has long been the de facto language of international business, more multinational companies are now mandating that employees communicate only in English.

According to Tsedal Neeley, a professor at Harvard Business School, companies that don't adopt English as a standard for their entire organization will, at some point, "experience some form of bottleneck."

Airbus, Daimler-Chrysler, Nokia, Renault, Samsung and Microsoft Beijing have all mandated English as their corporate language, writes Neeley in the May 2012 edition of Harvard Business Review -- and she says more than 70 Danish companies have now migrated to English.

In 2010, Japanese internet services company Rakuten made headlines when it announced it would become an English-only organization, with all communication, verbal and email, in English. "English is the only global language," CEO Hiroshi Mikitani told CNN at the time. "We're doing a global business. I think this is the only way a Japanese service organization can become a global organization."

"If you want to become successful in other countries, you need to internationalize the headquarters," he added.

To help make the transition, Japanese language signage was removed from cafeterias and elevators.

If this sounds bewildering for employees, it can be. Two years into an English-only implementation at one company Neeley studied, 70 percent of employees reported feeling frustrated with the policy. That's why she says businesses must plan carefully before implementing an English-only policy.

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Colleen McIntosh

Ottawa, Canada

#1 May 22, 2012
Boy, it is ever time for Canada to follow some simple common sense in linguistic matters.

The continued discrimination of official bilingualism (OB) policies is exorbitantly expense, divisive, failed social engineering project.

English is the language of the vast majority of Canadians and the entire World. To continue with this sacred cow, called OB is and has been a complete, dismal failure.

French accounts for 1%(one percent) in the entire World. There is little to justify the policies of promoting French language, culture and history at the expense of English/British language, culture, heritage, symbols, and history!

Time to rescind and revoke official bilingualism and official languages act, in Canada!!!

Brampton, Canada

#2 May 22, 2012
Colleen McIntosh wrote:
Time to rescind and revoke official bilingualism and official languages act, in Canada!!!
Way past time this happened.

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