Did you know that the U.S. has more Spanish speakers than Spain? An international research firm estimates that 52.6 million people in the U.S. are native Spanish speakers, second only to 121 million in Mexico. So what does that mean to you as a business owner? It depends on your business, of course, but in general there are a few things you should take to heart with this information. First, chances are good some of your customers are Spanish speakers. (And if they’re not, you should consider the depth of the Spanish speaking market.) Second, your staff may be include Spanish speakers who need to understand you just as much as your English speakers.
Your staff is your greatest asset, and effective communication with your staff is critical to everything from productivity to teamwork to safety. Many Spanish-speakers know varying degrees of English, and most are eager to learn English. That takes time, though, and you’ll best be able to serve your Spanish speaking staff and customers if you meet them half-way and learn some workplace Spanish yourself.
Benefits of Spanish Training at Your Company
Spanish training is a powerful tool in helping you to manage your Spanish-speaking staff and relate to Spanish-speaking customers. At Workplace Languages, our Spanish language training is called Survival Spanish. It’s not about conjugating verbs and speaking with advanced fluency. It’s about being able to get your point across effectively. Benefits of Survival Spanish training include:
- Increased productivity of your entire staff.
- A better retention rate with less turnover.
- Improved customer service.
- Better moral with stronger staff loyalty.
Our Survival Spanish training seminar will provide you with essential Spanish words, phrases and requests customized to meet your specific needs. You’ll gain functional language skills that can be used immediately, helping to close your existing communication gap. You’ll also learn about elements of the Latino culture that relate to the workplace.
Do You Need Survival Spanish Training?
If you’re having trouble communicating effectively with employees about job duties, company policies, rules, etc., this session will help you lessen the frustration of communicating with your limited English-proficient employees. Topics addressed include scheduling, safety, food preparation, hygiene, hiring, disciplining, as well as some general conversational basics and any other areas requested by the attendees. The Survival Spanish training seminar is conducted in a zero-stress seminar environment, does not teach grammar, and bridges the communication gap through basic Spanish phrases and commands designed to meet your specific needs.