The fear of English at work is a phenomenon that, far from disappearing, continues to grow despite the fact that new generations arrive better trained in the language and should be much more comfortable using it, but this barrier is still very high for the majority of Spanish professionals.
This is reflected in the study on Business English by Twenix, where they state that “more than 60% of Spanish professionals acknowledge feeling uncomfortable having to use English at work”, a figure that “represents a worsening of 7 percentage points with compared to the sentiment collected last year in this same study.”
Curiously, this problem affects middle managers more than lower-ranking employees or managers: 62% of them have a hard time when they have to speak English, a figure above 60% in the case of bosses and managers. 58% when it comes to less specialized workers.
The researchers consider that this proportion could be due to the fact that middle managers suffer "from the exposure to which they are subjected between the teams they manage and the managers to whom they must report" when it comes to speaking correct English at a professional level. .
Furthermore, the report has revealed that “6 out of every 10 managers have been studying English for more than 10 years and 4 out of every 10 have been studying English for more than 20”, with similar figures in middle management and somewhat lower in the case of rank-and-file employees, who usually have spent fewer years studying the foreign language.
The difficult relationship between workers and English does not mean that there is animosity towards the language or that they want to lose sight of it, but on the contrary: 97% of employees surveyed by Twenix assure that it is important for companies to invest in training for learn English.
The differences by age are also substantial in the study, which identifies the generation between 50 and 65 years old as the one that mostly considers - more than half of them - that "their level of English is not appropriate for their position and they need improve it”, in addition to making them nervous.
From Twenix they remember that having the knowledge and ability to speak and understand English professionally and for business is essential to open internationally, expand the business and close very important sales that would otherwise be impossible to achieve.
However, the subject of English continues to be one of the most feared in our country, so training in this language is more necessary than ever, since mastering it can be the difference between the success or failure of a company and a career.
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