How to set up and use auto-translate to improve company collaboration

Auto-translate is enabling organisations to break the language barrier. It's easy to implement and it's helping people work together and build closer global communities. Here's how.


All too often, great ideas don't travel well because teams are unable to talk to each other as effectively as they'd like to. For organisations with locations in different countries – with employees who speak different languages – engaging global teams can be especially challenging.

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That's where Workplace's auto-translate feature comes in. Here's how it works and how it can make teamwork better.

What does auto-translate do?

What does auto-translate do?

It automatically translates posts and comments on Workplace, so it's easier for global workforces to communicate and collaborate. Auto-translate uses the same machine learning technology that makes 4.5 billion translations a day on Facebook, enabling you to talk business in no fewer than 46 languages.

When News Feed sees a post in a different language, it will offer to translate it there and then. So, if you're working with someone based in Brazil, you won't have to take a course in Portuguese or use external translation software to talk to them. It's instant, it's easy and it's changing the way that people work together.

Everyone can post in their own language and Workplace will auto-translate. Just like at Stanley Black & Decker, where staff communicate and share important information instantly with colleagues in their local language. The result is faster, more effective collaboration and a greater sense of community.

How do I start auto-translate?

How do I start auto-translate?

To use auto-translate effectively on Workplace, start by checking your language settings:

1. Click in the top right of your Workplace page and select "Settings".

2. Click "Language". Set your preferred language and update your News Feed translation preferences. And that's it! You can find out more information on language settings in the Help Centre right here.

How do I use auto-translate?

How do I use auto-translate?

Whenever you receive a post or comment in another language, you'll receive a prompt asking you if you want to translate it. Click "See Translation" below the post for instant automatic translation into your native language.

Pro tip: If you don't see a translation option below a post or comment, just make sure that you've activated translations for that language in your settings.

Forty-six languages. Zero effort

Forty-six languages. Zero effort

But how do organisations use it? Watch how MercadoLibre, one of the largest e-commerce websites in Latin America, is using auto-translate to enable Spanish and Portuguese-speaking employees to talk without boundaries and collaborate more effectively.

Or discover how auto-translate is helping non-English-speaking teams at AirAsia connect with their colleagues. 22,000 employees from 16 different nationalities are using auto-translate to understand exactly what's happening across the entire organisation.

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