tl;dr: If you are an English speaker or you can speak more than three languages, probably this post is not that useful for you. Feel free to skip this post and get back to work :-). Else, please continue reading; tl;dr does not apply to you.
If someone would ask me to describe what is going on in HDE in the past year since I joined, my answer would be "English." Our firm started to "globalize" and set the target to make English the official language by the end of our 2016 fiscal year. Since then,
- The number of global members (with zero Japanese language skill) hired directly from overseas increases.
- Formal internal emails are in bilingual. Messages in Slack and Yammer are mostly written in English.
- There are meetings conducted in English too! Crazy!
- Some members even took the "globalization" a bit too far by starting to learn Chinese and Indonesian/Malay...
And here I am, writing a post about how to write (and maybe speak) better English.Read more