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May 31, 2004

Staff, Managers Differ on Importance of Language Skills

A survey of new company employees shows that the skills they hope to acquire within the first three years at work don't necessarily match the targets set by their personnel managers. 55% of employees said they want to improve their language skills, something that only 10% of managers value, putting it 13th on their list of importance. The survey, carried out by personnel development company WiLL Seed, found that managers place the most emphasis on acquiring leadership and management skills. Staff at 52 companies listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange took part in the survey.

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