‘Stop speaking Singlish lah’ is a common phrase we hear in a professional setting.
Do colleagues sound less fluent when they’re requested to switch from Singlish to Good English in a matter of seconds?
Think, speaking to a colleague in Singlish while typing an email in proper English.
Some may feel a malfunction in their language ability while others can switch in a snap of a finger.
A poor command of English is often the trigger for misunderstandings and frustrations in the workplace.
Do you remember the last time an entire team had difficulty comprehending an instruction from a colleague or boss?
Everyone was getting ready to launch a project until they received an email written in a manner they thought doesn’t exist on Earth.
We’ve all been there.
On the other hand, a good command of English goes beyond grammar and spelling.
It includes having a good amount of vocabulary to articulate one’s thoughts accurately.
Good command of English would also include knowing how to use different tones and styles of writing/speech to suit a given environment.
This should not come as a surprise – employees with good English are often Company Representatives or Ambassadors.
Here are 4 ways a good command of English can help employees thrive in the workplace.
#1 – Employees Will Sound More Professional
Good command of English helps to draw in a sizeable amount of respect and attention to the writer. Look at this scenario:
Email Example No. 1:
“Hi. Every day the work gets delayed and then I see more cases incoming. We need Mr Soon come and help us fix it. Thx.”
Email Example No. 2:
I understand that work was delayed and still, we see more cases coming in. We can seek help from Mr. Soon to fix this issue.
With regard to the tone and style of writing, the second email definitely demands a higher level of respect and professionalism.
When employees are able to articulate their thoughts and intentions fluently, it reduces the need for the recipient to second guess their intentions.
This will help to reduce misinterpretations in everyday communication.
Employees who use good English do stand out from the crowd as a capable professional when meeting a new client or during a team’s discussion.
#2 – Be Taken More Seriously
It can be rather frustrating during a meeting when a colleague poorly communicates on the requirements they need.
It could be due to a lack of vocabulary, or simply misplacing sentence structures and hoping others get it.
On the other hand, those who are able to use good English in their everyday work would most likely be taken more seriously.
Ever heard a colleague who can bring their ideas to the table effectively from their mind?
Others would take their words more seriously if spoken with conviction and the use of proper sentences.
If an employee is able to demonstrate this ability, he/she will most likely be given the opportunity to lead a team’s discussion.
This helps to develop more capable professionals within the Organisation.
#3 – Increased Confidence
Employees who can articulate their thoughts accurately will sound more confident.
Good command of English allows one to speak fluently, write clearly and communicate effectively.
These are skills highly sought after by employers as it demands a certain level of skill sets to achieve.
A person with good English will definitely sound more confident than the colleague with a good amount of experience but stutters at every other sentence.
Does this make sense?
#4 – Increased Competitiveness
If the majority of employees are able to speak and write in good English, they are highly valuable to your Organisation.
Imagine a workplace with highly skilled professionals with both technical skillsets and an excellent communicator.
This definitely brings your Organisation’s competitive edge up a notch on a global platform.
In addition, employees with a good command of English would also mean that they possess the capability to comprehend.
This is a crucial skill to have when meeting new clients.
Some may argue that experience is more important.
However, without a good command of English, no one would be able to make sense of a poorly structured writing or speech.
While it seems fun and casual to use Singlish to keep the local culture alive, it is equally important to be aware of how a good command of English can help your Organisation move up the success ladder on a global scale.
If you’re looking to improve the command of English in the workplace and reap its benefits, we have specially curated an exclusive 2020 package which includes both OLPC & TOEIC.
This offer expires on 30 September 2020.
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TOEIC is a test to gauge the English proficiency level of employees and OLPC is a preparation course for TOIEC test takers. It is recommended to take the OLPC & TOEIC package to achieve better results.