老闆帶頭力挺員工提昇英語力!產業龍頭獎勵方案吸睛City Government Collaborates with VoiceTube to Offer Free English-Learning Materials

2018-05-22

日前臺南市政府第二官方語言專案辦公室(簡稱二官辦)獲國內知名線上英語學習平台「VoiceTube」贊助,提供南市企業員工2,000名免費商業英語資源,二官辦隨即推出提升企業英語力三支箭,鼓勵企業主提供獎勵機制,激勵員工學習英文。消息一出,吸引許多企業來電報名詢問,除了外商公司、產業龍頭,在地中小型企業也報名踴躍,各公司行號分別提出誘人的員工獎勵方案,以爭取有限的免費員額,包括獎金制度、年度考績加分,甚至有企業提供員工「國外旅遊方案」,獎勵員工積極學習,展現企業「卯起來」學英文的決心!

    兼任二官辦主任的市府副秘書長李賢衞表示,行政院長賴清德擔任臺南市長時期極協助臺南在地企業強化員工英語力,以提昇國際競爭力。市府團隊推動諸多企業英語力提昇計畫,包含協助中小企業設置英文網站、型錄等等,日前更獲得VoiceTube支持,贊助南市企業2,000名員工免費商業英語資源,除了協助企業營造英語友善環境,更加碼協助其提昇英語力。

市府二官辦所提出的「企業英語力三支箭」,主要是鼓勵企業主提供員工獎勵方案,激勵員工充分使用VoiceTube所贊助的免費商業英文資源,員工整體學習績效良好的企業,將由市府公開表揚為「英語友善企業」。該計畫推出後,許多重視員工英文能力的企業老闆眼睛為之一亮,包括產業龍頭如康那香、南寶樹脂、鳳記國際機械、晶英酒店等企業皆力挺政策,足見臺南在地企業積極邁向國際化的決心!

    二官辦表示,許多企業提出的員工獎勵方案相當多元,例如南寶樹脂除了鼓勵員工使用VoiceTube商業英語資源外,還成立「英文聚會」,將員工出席率納入成績計算,作為晉升及獎金計算標準;鳳記國際也提出學習成效佳的員工可得500或1,000元獎勵金並記嘉獎一支,同時把得獎人員名單張貼於布告欄,作為其他員工學習榜樣,借此營造英語學習風氣;臺南晶英酒店甚至另聘英文專職教師,期待員工英語力「更上層樓」!

    康那香董事長戴榮吉表示,公司成立初期就發現,南部員工的英文程度參差不齊;然而,當時眼光放準國際市場的他,為了提升員工英文能力,還特別聘請外籍老師到公司授課,如今,令他感到驕傲的是,南部員工也能接待國外客戶。此外,公司內部評估人員晉升時,也相當強調英文能力。因此,聽到市府主動協助企業訓練員工英文能力,相當贊同計畫理念,他說:「畢竟在競爭激烈的商場上,英文已經是必備工具,員工更要善用英文了解國際脈動,這樣才能帶領公司繼續朝國際邁進」!

二官辦也強調,語言學習非一蹴可幾,唯有企業擁有完善的英語學習獎勵方案或結合升遷制度,讓員工打從心底認同英語學習的重要性、營造公司內部英語學習氛圍,英語學習才能見成效。而員工英語力的影響小至招呼客戶,大至蒐集國外最新資料、了解國際市場脈動、擴展海外市場、產品外銷,皆有利公司整體專業形象。

有關「臺南企業英語力培育計畫」第一波企業入選結果已於二官辦網站公布,仍有名額可供企業報名,歡迎有興趣參與的企業請把握最後機會,報名請上活動官網(http://tainanenterprise-english.com/index.php)或打06-299-1111分機7892。

 

    The Office of English as the Second Official Language of Tainan City Government (OEASOL) has recently received sponsorship from VoiceTube, a well-known online platform for English-learning in Taiwan. The sponsorship enables the city government to provide free English-learning resources for 2,000 employees in local businesses, who are encouraged to build up a reward system that would offer incentives for employees to study English, through the program“Three Arrows for English Usage in Businesses.” Several companies -- ranging from multinational corporations to small and medium-sized enterprises -- have called inquiring about more details about the government-initiated program. These corporations have made various proposals to implement an internal reward system that would grant employees free trips abroad and bonuses based on sales performance, demonstrating their determination in motivating workers to learn English.

    The Deputy Secretary General of OEASOL, Lee Hsien-wei, expressed that former mayor of Tainan, William Lai, endeavored to strengthen the English abilities of employees of local business in hopes of enhancing their competitiveness. The city government has conducted various programs that intend to boost the overall proficiency in English among office workers in the past, having assisted small and medium-sized enterprises in building their own English websites and pamphlets. The sponsorship from VoiceTube is expected to further push the current progress of the ongoing program.

    The OEASOL also plans to present accolades to local businesses with exceptional performances in English-learning, which delighted many business owners who have emphasized English abilities in their hiring policies. Leading corporations in various industries such as the KNH Enterprise and Silks Place Tainan have expressed their support for the program and ambition for expanding their business on a global scale.

    The OEASOL indicated that they have noticed a great variety in the proposals submitted by different corporations. The Nanpao Resins Chemical Group, for instance, has launched small and regular English-speaking meetings that count employees' participation towards bonuses and promotion. Similarly, Fong Kee International Machinery Co. grants its employees who have shown significant improvements in English bonuses up to 1,000 NT, further releasing a list of outstanding individuals on the bulletin board. The Silks Place Tainan is equally devoted to bilingual education, having employed full-time English teachers in hopes of sharpening employee's English skills.

    Dai Rong-ji, the chairman of KNH Enterprise, said that he has realized a lack of English abilities among employees in KNH's Southern branches since the company was founded. Aiming for the international market, he has since employed foreign instructors to give lectures in the office. Dai stated that he takes pride in the fact that the employees are now capable of interacting with foreign customers smoothly, boasting about the increasing emphasis on English capabilities in the corporation's policy of promotion. He also expressed strong agreement with the program implemented by OEASOL: “English is essential in a market that is increasingly competitive. We encourage our employees to utilize their English skills, familiarize themselves with the current world trends, and apply their knowledge to their jobs.”

    The OEASOL also emphasized that language learning is a matter of habit-formation; it is only with a comprehensive reward system that entails promotion and bonuses that the goals of raising the awareness of the importance of English and facilitating improvements in English proficiency could be achieved. Many believe that fluency in English benefits all aspects in business, including information-collecting, branding, and potential expansion.

    The first round of winners of the English proficiency program for local businesses in Tainan have been announced on the official website of OEASOL. There are still spots for registration and all interested corporations are welcome to apply. Please refer to the official page (http://tainanenterprise-english.com/index.php) or call 06-299-1111, ext. 7892.