It might be one of Germany’s biggest businesses – but Volkswagen clearly believes British is best.
The car giant, which includes Audi, has announced it is switching its official language to English in a bid to be more welcoming.
Bosses say the move is designed to improve recruitment as some prospective employees are put off by the need to understand their home nation’s language.
Mate of mine here does management training for Skoda, owned of course by VW. And he’s been pitching the idea of me doing a few day’s training, obviously in English, not Czech. We actually did a day for a supplier a few months back and they really liked it (my idea was stolen from Corrigan – WWI military, Germans had trained troops, complex tactics, lots of delegation, Russians idiot conscripts and no delegation at all, entirely centralised orders. British in 1916 simple troops, simple tactics, by 1918, trained troops, complex tactics – how you manage your workforce, what you delegate or don’t, is going to depend on how well they’re trained. Plus mixing in Coase on the Theory of the Firm to talk about interfaces, when to delegate, when not to etc.).
So, if VW goes entirely English, will Skoda follow and will we then get the work?