Your customized offerGet a Quote
Multinational teams are showing continuous success in the modern world. Leaders design such units to accommodate the best experts despite their location, thus generating culturally diverse, globally appealing ideas. Success comes from the dynamic workforce: with varied work experiences and different views, team members can overcome strategic and organizational challenges.
Despite the cultural advantage in collaboration, research shows that such teams may face many challenges: ineffective communication, uncertainty, mistrust, and language diversity, to name a few from the CIPD 2021 report. Additionally, international teams mostly rely on remote work and are often evaluated based on their productivity: the most crucial factor for work quality.
Productivity has a complex composition, but understanding the way it works can uplift teamwork. Managers can focus on increasing team productivity from these three perspectives:
No matter how simple it may sound right now, all of these components are much harder to establish in multinational teams. If you’re trying to boost productivity in your international team, always pay attention to multi-linguistics - the use of several languages to express your thoughts.
When teams speak multiple languages at the workplace, modern solutions can help you handle the whole process. Interpretation can play a massive role in the game, and RSI platforms like Interactio have already helped multilingual teams connect by introducing simultaneous interpretation to their workflow.
Wait, but why is it so important?
When communicating face-to-face, team members unintentionally analyze the body language of their teammates. Their gestures and facial expressions tell a lot in between verbal interactions. Remote teams lose this important cue due to computer-mediated communication. In this case, tone of voice, pitch, intonation, and spoken language itself takes the front line.
While language might not affect individual productivity, it is the main factor for a team’s productivity. Remember how we mentioned such blockers as ineffective communication, uncertainty, and mistrust? Well, language plays an essential role in defining the process of efficient communication.
For example, researchers from Indiana University, in collaboration with Middle East Technical University, have published their results regarding multicultural communication cues. One critical point is that non-native speakers who use English as a second language often interpret irrelevant messages (phrases, idioms, sayings) as offensive statements.
There is another study in the Journal of International Business Studies that tackles the role of language. Scientists have identified that language barriers cause uncertainty and lead to mistrust among team members. Thus leaders should take consistent actions to address the problem. In simple words, imagine trust as a mediator between the team’s input into work and performance as an outcome. The more you trust your teammates, the more productive the team becomes.
Much more research constantly highlights that linguistic aspects are crucial to increasing productivity, but teams seek effectiveness daily. Businesses are already using interpretation to overcome language limitations, but can it also lift your team’s productivity?
Remote simultaneous interpretation is a powerful tool that breaks down the barrier of different languages. It can also boost productivity in virtual workplaces by overcoming the problems that multi-cultural teams face.
Here are four ways interpretation can increase your team’s productivity:
Working in a multicultural team is challenging but rewarding, especially if you set out to destroy the language barrier with remote simultaneous interpretation.
Thinking of the ways to increase your team efficiency already? Learn more about Interactio multilingual business meetings for small businesses, corporations, and organizations of all scales.
Are you ready to uplift the performance of your team together?
August 19, 2021