The number of international employees within Leaseweb has increased substantially during the last 12 months. New people from the UK, Germany, Poland, Italy and Greece joined the support, business development, sales and networking departments. A nice feature of this development is that gradually a new culture is emerging as new nationalities make their contribution to the Leaseweb culture.
I think that the success of Leaseweb is based on its unique culture and I welcome this new influx. The Leaseweb culture is based on an open dialogue and I have found our foreign colleagues to be adapting quickly.
The main attraction for foreign professionals is that we have an international customer base and a culture of empowerment. We cherish this multinational culture and want to foster an international workforce. This means we will actively encourage people from abroad to help us fulfil our vacancies. It makes it also for me personally more interesting to work with people who have a refreshing view of the world.
The internationalization led to a wide mix of languages in the corridors. It is interesting to hear different languages but it is important that people do not feel excluded. We therefore decided to adopt English as the official language within the company in order to avoid misunderstandings. English is also the lingua franca of the internet and most of our customers also use English to communicate with us. Although we are proud to be a Dutch company, we have to evolve.