Besides providing a program that can stand against today’s uncertainty, intercultural awareness is at the core of Bayer’s language training projects as they want their employees to experience a smooth transition into the place they now call home.
“We welcome a lot of ex-pats into our headquarters in Germany, so for us, it’s crucial to support them and their families to set themselves up personally and professionally to get started in the best possible way. It’s important to make our employees feel welcome, wherever they come from, we want them to feel at home. Learning the language while gaining an understanding of the culture at the same time is key” Stefanie added.
With the intention to train employees where it matters most, Hult EF Online German, besides general language lessons, provides Bayer’s learners with engaging special interest classes that focus on the organization’s core interests:
Willkommen in Deutschland (welcome to Germany) covers the essentials of the German culture including understanding dynamics, education, careers, festivities, traditions, among others.
Biowissenschaft (which translates into life science) is related to the pharmaceutical and agriculture industry ranging from health, sustainability, and innovation to agriculture and pharmaceuticals, among others.
Focusing on these two topics helps build a more inclusive and diverse workplace where employees can understand each other better as well as the culture and language commonly used.
“We are receiving very positive feedback from our employees. They appreciate having the support, time, and space to develop their language skills. The best part is that we don’t force them to take part in the program but instead we help them understand the benefits so that they can make their own decision. Learners are on the driving seat of their development”.
Hult EF and Bayer’s teams worked closely together to deploy the program across the organization and put in place a plan to educate employees about their language offerings and the benefits provided “We received great support from Hult EF, which was very important to us when selecting a supplier. Hult EF Online German is a good opportunity for our learners to get a closer look at the German culture while developing their language skills, so we are glad to see them taking advantage of it”.