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How to Eliminate the Top Barriers to Achieving Workforce Alignment

Are you struggling with keeping your workforce aligned? You’re not alone. 2 million Americans quit their jobs every month. Though there are a number of reasons why people quit their jobs, one of the biggest contributors is a lack of alignment with their company. People want to feel like they share values and goals with their companies. When they don’t, they feel disconnected. This can result in poor motivation, bad work, and low retention. Things, such as language and cultural differences, can affect your operations. Here are tips for removing these barriers to ensure workforce alignment. Read on to learn more.

Language Barriers

It’s no secret that language barriers make communication difficult. But Americans increasingly have to adapt to a world in which fewer people speak English at home. Did you know that 1 in 10 people living in America can’t speak English? Today’s workforce is more diverse and international than ever before. That can lead to frustrating language barriers that hurt your bottom line. Language barriers don’t just make it difficult to give direction. They also hurt productivity, add stress, and lead to less alignment. Managers must ask themselves what they can do to help communication. One such strategy is to translate work documents into the languages of their employees. This might seem time-consuming and expensive; however, there are a number of tools that let you translate the text for free. You can also use an interpreter. This will make sure you hold your employees accountable and lose nothing in translation. You can also provide language classes to your team. Your employees don’t need to be fluent. But learning a few basics can go a long way in making them more productive.

Cultural Differences

Workforce alignment is impossible if you don’t align with your employees’ values. Cultural differences can be just as harmful to your workplace as language barriers. How can you expect your employee to do their job if that job doesn’t match their cultural values? If you are dealing with cultural differences at work, you can ask yourself a few questions. The first is whether or not the cultural difference is part of the job. You might have an employee who has a problem with a work task. If that isn’t required in their position, you can overcome it. If it’s part of their normal job duties, you might have a problem. You should also ask yourself if you’re doing everything you can to overcome the difference. Many cultural differences can be overcome if you are sensitive and willing to meet in the middle. Of course, the best thing you can do is educate yourself on your employees’ cultures. This will give you a better idea of how you can foster engagement and alignment.

Communication

How can you overcome language and cultural differences? Communication. Communication affects productivity in the workplace. Make sure you are engaging with your employees and setting up open communication channels. Try engagement surveys, feedback platforms, and frequent face to face communication.

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