Human Resources Translation Services
Latin American Translation Solutions For Your Company
When most people hear the term, “human resources”, they immediately think of that intimidating department within an organization that recruits, hires, and fires employees. And while HR departments are indeed charged with the hiring (and terminating) of employees, their responsibilities extend to a great many other areas as well.
Some might describe human resources as the virtual lifeblood of their organization. After all, HR professionals are responsible for managing employee performance and maintaining employee satisfaction. They oversee payroll, benefits, and training, and are responsible for creating, communicating, distributing, and enforcing company-wide policies. And that means documentation – lots and lots of documentation.
Common Translation Challenges Of Managing A Global Workforce
HR managers, talent experts, and on-site training specialists work diligently to ensure all employees are well informed and fully prepared to carry out the duties of their job. To that end, HR departments develop complex documents, including audio, video, and online training materials, but for companies with a multilingual workforce, HR documentation also requires translation into additional languages (and possibly even localization) in order to meet their staff’s linguistically- and culturally-diverse needs.
Sometimes HR departments demand quick delivery of translated internal messages in emergency situations (such as the 2020 COVID-19 emerging pandemic) or when time-sensitive issues arise. Many also require a flawless translation system that integrates well with their CMS. HR departments also require translation services that clearly communicate their corporate culture for every member to understand and embrace. From employment contracts, e-learning platforms, and training manuals, to company protocols, policies, and procedures, HR departments that manage a global workforce have come to rely heavily on professional HR translation services.
US-based MNCs Set Their Sights On Latin America
An increasing number of countries throughout Latin America now offer more favorable production and operational costs, improved tax regulations, and new trade agreements – and US-based multinational corporations (MNCs) have taken notice. As Alfredo Rivera, the group president of Coca-Cola in Latin America puts it, although in the past, the region has seen bouts of high inflation and currency depreciation, “stability [is] returning to this part of the world.”1
According to Coca-Cola, their people are as diverse as their communities. With locations in over 200 countries spanning the globe, Coca-Cola employs over 700,000 employees worldwide. In Mexico alone, “Coca-Cola’s sports drink Powerade… is now the market leader, gaining over 39 value share points in the 2007 to 2016 period.”2In 2017, General Motors (GM) reorganized its Latin American regional structure by creating three new divisions. GM Andina now covers business in Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela, GM Mercosur covers Brazil and Argentina, and GM Central covers Bolivia, Chile,Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay.In response to Delta’s 2019 announcement to actively pursue a joint venture with LATAM, the largest airline carrier in South America, American Airlines is now joining forces with GOL, Brazil’s largest airline.
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|According to Coca-Cola, their people are as diverse as their communities. With locations in over 200 countries spanning the globe, Coca-Cola employs over 700,000 employees worldwide. In Mexico alone, “Coca-Cola’s sports drink Powerade… is now the market leader, gaining over 39 value share points in the 2007 to 2016 period.”2||In 2017, General Motors (GM) reorganized its Latin American regional structure by creating three new divisions. GM Andina now covers business in Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela, GM Mercosur covers Brazil and Argentina, and GM Central covers Bolivia, Chile,Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay.||In response to Delta’s 2019 announcement to actively pursue a joint venture with LATAM, the largest airline carrier in South America, American Airlines is now joining forces with GOL, Brazil’s largest airline.|
Outside of these multinational giant corporations, other US-based MNCs in tech, agricultural machinery, pharmaceuticals, retail and more are grappling for their competitive edge throughout Latin America – but let’s not forget Europe. An increasing number of European-based MNCs are also turning to Latin America for exciting investment and business-growth opportunities
European Growth And Investment Opportunities In LATAM
In Spain and Portugal alone, Latin America represents a growing fertile ground for business opportunities. In fact, according to the Real Instituto Elcano, in 2017, Mexico, Colombia, and Brazil accounted for 21.5 percent of Spain’s total investment abroad, an increase of more than 14 percent from the previous year. And, although Brazil remains one of Portugal’s most important international markets, Chile has also risen in the ranks. In 2017, InvestChile reported that as many as 30 Portuguese companies are now “operating in different sectors of the Chilean economy.”3
Companies in Switzerland are also investing in Latin America. Vostok Emerging Finance (VEF) and KiWi, two Swedish-based investment companies have both recently announced significant investments to help Mexican SMEs by extending credit to entrepreneurs. Over the past decade, the UK has also been looking to new markets. Today, Latin America offers a great many opportunities for UK businesses, from mining, oil & gas, agri-tech, and marine sectors to healthcare and life sciences, financial and professional services, infrastructure and more. In the life sciences, renewable energy, and marine sectors alone, “UK companies have developed some of the world’s leading technology”4 , creating exciting growth opportunities within Latin America.
MNCs Require Human Resources Translation Services
If you manage branches and subsidiaries anywhere in Latin America, investing in professional HR translation services will ensure your internal documentation is accurately translated and localized to meet the unique linguistic, cultural, and varying literacy needs of your Latin American employees. At the very least, your HR-related documentation should be translated into both the Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese languages. However, some companies might even require translation services for several additional Native American languages, including Haitian Creole, Quechua, and Guarani among others.
delsurtranslations Answers the Human Resources Translation Call
With nearly two decades of experience in the language services industry, delsurtranslations offers professional translation services that cater directly to your HR needs. We offer a large team of qualified linguists specialized in HR and corporate translation services for LATAM Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese, as well as for several Native American languages. We deliver fast, effective solutions to our customers, and when it comes to translation systems, our technical experts will confidently handle your unique integration needs. But that’s not all. delsurtranslations also specializes in cross-cultural communication. Our HR subject matter experts will accurately translate and localize all of your documentation, keeping your target audience’s mindset and culture at the very center. Place your trust in Latin American HR translation specialists. Place your trust in delsurtranslations.
1 Team, Trefis, and Trefis. “How Has Coca-Cola Turned Around Its Fortunes In Latin America?” Nasdaq, www.nasdaq.com/articles/how-has-coca-cola-turned-around-its-fortunes-latin-america-2017-12-14.
2 “Latin America.” The Coca-Cola Company, investors.coca-colacompany.com/about/segments/latin-america.
3 “InvestChile.” InvestChile, investchile.gob.cl/chile-and-portugal-sign-investment-promotion-collaboration-agreement/.
4 “Overview: UK Business Growth in Latin America.” Biz Latin Hub, 29 Oct. 2019, www.bizlatinhub.com/overview-uk-business-growth-in-latin-america/.
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“The Coca-Cola Company – More than a Beverage Company.” The Coca-Cola Company – More than a Beverage Company, www.coca-colacompany.com/company.
EIU Digital Solutions. “The Economist Intelligence Unit.” General Motors Reorganises Latin American Operations, www.eiu.com/industry/article/605178244/general-motors-reorganises-latin-american-operations/2017-01-20.
Fundación Real Instituto Elcano. “Strategic and International Studies.” Inicio, www.realinstitutoelcano.org/wps/portal/rielcano_en/contenido?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/elcano/elcano_es/zonas_es/economia+internacional/ari46-2018-chislett-spain-main-listed-companies-notch-up-record-revenues-abroad.
Loritz, Mary. “Swiss Microfinance Startup KiWi Raises €2.8 Million to Give Credit to More Mexican Entrepreneurs.” EU, 18 Jan. 2019, www.eu-startups.com/2019/01/kiwi-raises-funds/.“Why UK Companies Should Expand to Latin America?” Biz Latin Hub, 30 Oct. 2019, www.bizlatinhub.com/uk-companies-expand-latam/.
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