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As a member of the Association of Translation Companies, Temple Translations attends an annual conference in London to meet with like-minded people and really think about the changes we LSPs are up against in the current business climate.

Two members of Temple visited the conference, which this year was held at Stamford Bridge (Chelsea Football club’s stadium), a fantastic venue to be in, particularly when you are doing a master class with a view of the entire pitch!
Over the two days, we sat in on numerous talks and master classes, and also benefitted in between from speaking to a range of people within the industry, from LSPs like ourselves to the translators themselves. For the next few weeks we will be posting articles on our website which cover some of the information pulled from these talks and master classes.

It is important that all employees are aware of why they are doing their job and what effect it has on the work others are doing, in order to appreciate the challenges they or the business set for themselves and be able to clearly see the goals they have set. We will start with a Team Managing talk given by somebody from Arancho Doc, a translation and localisation agency from Italy, who outlined the importance of having a strong team of enthusiastic employees for your LSP.

The talk suggested that professionally, people ask themselves 4 basic questions;

a)What do I do?

b)With whom do I do it?

c)Why do I do it?

d)What do I get out of it?

It is important that all employees are aware of why they are doing their job and what effect it has on the work others are doing, in order to appreciate the challenges they or the business set for themselves and be able to clearly see the goals they have set. We were all asked, "What makes you get out of bed to work?" One person responded, "I enjoy the day to day challenges." Another believed that translation itself is an "interesting industry - it's like a Sudoku puzzle." Both of these responses home in on the variation and the problem solving nature of working in the translation industry and are great reasons for enjoying what you do. It became clear that this positive attitude and appreciation for the way the industry works holds perhaps more value in a potential employee than the skills they have. Whilst the correct skills and background are no doubt important, you are sure to be picking the wrong person if their heart is not in it.

The main points of focus that were proposed in this talk to create a good working environment are as follows:

a) Encourage employees to seek and provide support.

b) Reward "givers" and screen out "takers".

c) Establish teams with appropriate chemistry.

d) Engender a widespread perception of equality and fair play.

e) Facilitate open feedback and knowledge exchange.

Working in a translation company is fast-paced and exciting, and this is only going to translate into results if the team are cooperative and motivated, following these guidelines.

For more information on the Association of Translation Companies, visit their website here.

 




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