Diversity through Language

As shown in the infographic published by Statistics Canada about the Language projections for Canada to 2036:

It is possible that in 2036, the share of the population with an English or French mother tongue could decrease in Canada, while the share of the population with a mother tongue other than English or French might increase. The changes for these populations wouldn’t be the same depending on their first official language spoken (FOLS).

Approximately 18.3% to 18.8% of Canada’s population might be bilingual by 2036, up from 17.5% in 2011. The bilingualism rate may fluctuate between 2011 and 2036.

 

Image source: statcan.gc.ca

Previously we discussed the importance of language as an instrument of integration. Investing in language is a strategic option since all groups are considered.

It is true that English has a far and wide reach today and is spoken in the business world but, it is also true that competency varies tremendously among individuals which is why many employers have opted to keep business material in many languages so they can give a fair play to their employees.

So, how do we communicate better? How do we minimize challenges in the linguist aspect of our businesses? 

Some employers are opting to have employee handbooks in their employees’ languages not only to assure them to be right on the game but also to make sure the communication gap is reduced:

  • Translation paves the way forward for global interaction but allows people to forge interactive relationships about pretty much any subject bringing them closer together.
  • Another important aspect to ensure diversity and inclusion is accessibility. This means that we make information accessible for people with disabilities so they can participate more actively in their communities, including the workplace. It breaks barriers and obstacles, that make it difficult for people with disabilities.
  • Some organizations have opted to meet accessibility requirements by providing services such as braille, voice-over, large print design, ASL, and specialized DTP.

 

Why is it important to consider?

Because when we enhance Diversity throughout the work environment, we enhance :

  • Connection with the customer: we make sure they feel understood
  • Employee motivation: we make them feel included and we treat them with dignity and respect
  • A place for innovation: employees with diverse background and capabilities enables creativity

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