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Oct 26, 2020 7:00:00 AM | Field Services How Are Language Barriers Affecting Your International Business?

Language barriers can be a downfall for some companies but, it doesn’t have to be the end of the world for your international IT deployment.

Communication is one of the most important aspects of both personal and professional relationships. When doing business with companies overseas, there are bound to be some language barriers. However, those barriers can negatively impact both the corporate partnerships and projects at hand. 

Companies need to actively work to improve communication between their global colleagues. But, without the right tools, that achievement is easier said than done.

Language Barriers Can Be Detrimental

First of all, some companies choose not to do business in countries where there might be a language barrier. They’re afraid of the harm language barriers could cause, so they avoid the scenario entirely. Unfortunately, this course of action could cause them to miss out on potentially lucrative and beneficial business opportunities. 

When you are working in a location where there’s a language barrier, there are other problems or drawbacks you might encounter. For example, when you’re looking for local technicians to join your contingent workforce and complete the project, you might not be able to attract the best talent because you can’t communicate with them as effectively. Likewise, the technicians may be worried they wouldn’t be able to properly communicate with your team during the project.

Another potential roadblock comes in setting up the project in the first place. Some customers might be leery of working with companies that don’t speak their language. It’s more likely that they would choose to work with a team that does, so they can ensure greater communication and less chance of misunderstandings.

How to Overcome Language Barriers in International Business

If you’re beginning to sweat because you only speak one or two languages, then take a deep breath. There are many different ways you can navigate these barriers for your next global IT deployment. Before you approach any company in any location, make sure you know how to say a few key phrases in their language. Even if you can only say “hello, thank you, I’m sorry, and goodbye,” this will show your potential customers that you care enough to try. 

Also, don’t be too scared to attempt a project just because your team doesn’t speak the language. By making an effort, you can show the other company that you’re trying and are invested in the venture. Learning an entire language is a big project, so they likely won’t expect you to be fluent. That said, if you know that you’re going to be working with multiple customers who speak a particular language, it might behoove you to spend some time learning more than the basic phrases. Additionally, you may want to enlist a professional who is not only familiar with international business in general but also have experience in your specific target region.  

Working With a Global IT Partner

You don’t have to go through this alone. Just because your team doesn’t speak a particular language doesn’t mean you can’t find someone who does. Working with a company like Kinettix can make managing language barriers easier. In fact, Kinettix has years of experience working with more than 90 countries across the globe, and we have a vast network of global techs who are primed and ready to help execute your global IT deployments.

The extent of Kinettix’s global coverage makes us a leader in providing IT technicians across the world. No matter what country or language you’re looking for, we have vetted and proven personnel who can help you through the process. The more than 25,000 technicians we’ve worked with are prepared to join projects and execute deployments as needed.

Language barriers can be a downfall for some companies when they expand to include international businesses. However, it doesn’t have to be the end of the world. Instead, by finding a good translator, hiring local technicians, and working with a global IT partner, you can navigate the difficulties of language barriers with ease. Contact us to learn more.

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Bob Supinger

Written By: Bob Supinger

With over 16 years of management experience in business and Information Technology, Bob has helped Kinettix build the infrastructure required to establish itself as a true leader in global IT field services, and in particular rapid response on-site troubleshooting and repair. At Kinettix, Bob leads field services, project management and vendor development organizations. His responsibilities also include operational P&L and expense control; operational strategy and overseeing plan execution; recruiting, employee engagement and development; ongoing process improvement; and customer experience. Before joining Kinettix, Bob worked for Comcast Business, Enterprise Solutions, and Contingent Network Services. He attended Edison State and Wright State University and attained a Degree in Business in 1999. He participated in and coached collegiate athletics and is currently the president of a non-profit organization supporting youth athletic programs in the community.