Communication is an important part aspect of team building. A team that can converse freely with each other and can share ideas can only move forward every day and innovate. In this post, Vishwas talks about the ill effects of not having a common language in a team.
Speaking in a language that some of your team members don’t understand in a meeting is unacceptable. I have seen teams with majority people from a particular region often speak in their language, in spite of knowing not everyone understands it. This is not healthy for your company culture & employee morale.
I received a message from an engineer who is struggling to deal with his new team because he is feeling left out. He doesn’t understand the language people around him are speaking. He feels alienated, afraid at times that people are joking about him. His morale is low, to a point where he wants to quit.
While I understand we have a natural inclination to speak in our native tongue, we cannot do so in a team setting. The office is not a place where it becomes a ‘your language’ vs ‘my language’ tug of war. It’s a place to come together & make your company succeed.
How would you feel if everyone around you speaks in a different language? Won’t you feel left out?
Let’s set a culture where people of different backgrounds feel welcome. Make a point to use your official language of communication to foster good team spirit, openness & inclusiveness. Remember, diversity is your team’s strength & not weakness.