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Building a company culture across cultures

People often ask me what it’s like to run a multinational company. While that description itself may sound somewhat grand, it’s true we do have permanent staff in seven countries. Yet what binds us all together is the company culture we create at Lingo24 – of togetherness, hard work and fun.

We take culture very seriously, and one of the many ways we do this is through our innovative LingoLabs – regular social and creative events which allow our staff to come together in each office in an informal way. These can involve nights out, bake sales, charity events, creative workshops and much more.

They are designed to be inclusive for all Lingoists (what all employees of Lingo24 call ourselves) and help make the workplace somewhere that is a truly fulfilling place to be.

But the purpose of our more social activities goes beyond providing a happy and relaxed place to work, I genuinely believe that happy employees are more productive too. Through some of these events we see increased motivation, skills being learnt, and relationships being made.

For example, our family picnics allow Lingoists to develop rapport and empathy with each other, while our go-karting trips instil a competitive and risk-taking age. Our creative workshops inspire patience, attention to detail and a sense of accomplishment.


Overall I believe that “training” and “team-building” events don’t have to be given formal titles and shouldn’t be just once-a-year occurrences, but ingrained into the very fibre of all we do. That’s why at Lingo24 we’ll keep on striving for a happy and harmonious workplace, that is also productive and business focused.


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Christian Arno, Founder and President, Lingo24

Christian Arno is Founder and President of Lingo24. He started the company in 2001 after graduating from Oxford University with a degree in languages. He has won numerous awards including HSBC Business Thinking and International Trade Awards (2010), and TAUS Excellence Award (2012) for innovative technology. He contributes to leading industry publications and has been featured on the BBC, in the Financial Times and other media around the world.

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