Babbel is a tool your team can easily incorporate into their daily work schedules. Still, you may be asking yourself, how do I get my team to use Babbel regularly? How do I keep them motivated?
There are a number of things you can do to support your team on their language learning journey, which won’t only get them closer to their language learning goals but will also serve as team-building opportunities. Inspired by other companies using Babbel, we put together 5 tips to motivate your team:
1. Goal Setting
Spark your team’s intrinsic motivation! Language learning shouldn’t just be something that they have to do but, rather, something that they feel excited about doing. To make this happen, it’s important to explain to your team why they are learning a new language and how it will contribute both to the company’s success as well as to their own personal development. Get them involved in the goal-setting process, and let every person set three specific goals they want to achieve with Babbel, e.g. make a sales call in German or have a meeting with my colleague in Spanish. These smart goals will set a focus and make their progress measurable.
2. The daily 15 mins
As with any sort of habit formation, your employees’ commitment to language-learning won’t stick if it’s not something they can sustain over time. They will be more successful in their language studies if they have a built-in period of time each day devoted to learning. Besides that, learning every day in short bursts is more effective than studying for hours on end.
So what can you do? Encourage your employees to block 15 minutes a day or a few times a week for language learning in their calendars. And if they all learn at the same time, nobody will forget and it will be more fun. Team bonding guaranteed.
3. Language Lunches
Get your team talking! After completing the first Babbel courses, the best way to retain knowledge and become confident using it is to practice speaking with others.
Dedicating time to doing exactly that is key. So why not organize a casual Spanish or German lunch for your team to practice with each other.
In an international team, pair native speakers with learners to create the best learning experience. This will not only improve their language skills but also their collegial relationship. If you don’t have this option, we offer Babbel Live, a service where learners can take part in group video classes with professional teachers. A more goal-oriented solution for individual managers may be Babbel Intensive, where we combine online courses with 1:1 video lessons.
4. Babbel Chat
Create a chat, solely dedicated to Babbel! In this Babbel Chat, your team can share videos about language learning, encourage each other, and, most importantly, only communicate in their new language. This way, employees are able to both practice their language and also feel a sense of camaraderie.
5. Competition & Rewards
Don’t we all love a little competition? In your weekly Babbel usage report, you can see which team member has completed the most courses. Share this with your team and reward the winner! How about a free lunch? Or even a raise? This obviously depends on your budget, but recognizing your team members’ efforts can go a long way.
We also offer Babbel Certificates for completing certain courses, specified by you. An oral evaluation is also available. Who can reach Level B1 first?
We hope you find these tips helpful and would love to hear about your experience.
Want to get started? Take your first steps by downloading our practical language learning guide for your company.
Lilly Miner, Expert for Digital Learning
Lilly focuses on different learning methods. Whether online learning or blended learning – the motivation of the learners is particularly important to her.