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Posted 03 January 2012 - 01:25 PM

The code states that the Senior Management policy must be written in a language understood by all employees. We have about 14 different languages spoken here, some of which are obscure, such as Burmese. The majority of people understand Spanish and English. Could we get away with just those two? We have a lot of temps that come and go, so at any given time, we may have 50-75% Spanish, some Bosnian, Thai, etc. Depends on the week really.



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Posted 03 January 2012 - 03:15 PM

The code states that the Senior Management policy must be written in a language understood by all employees. We have about 14 different languages spoken here, some of which are obscure, such as Burmese. The majority of people understand Spanish and English. Could we get away with just those two? We have a lot of temps that come and go, so at any given time, we may have 50-75% Spanish, some Bosnian, Thai, etc. Depends on the week really.

It will cause issues with the non-english and non-spanish people. :smile:

It makes sense if your organization can find ways to communicate with your employees and they understand the requirements involved with different processes and activities.

Edited by mind over matter, 03 January 2012 - 03:21 PM.


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Posted 03 January 2012 - 03:52 PM

Hi,

In which language is the company comunicating? Orders are in English or do you have orders in Burmese as well?
You could also use symbols - no clue how to, but even the people who understand English but can't read can understand the pictures.

I think you should have the policy in English and in Spanish if that's the main group. Just make sure the people who doesn't speak those languages know what they are doing.

Good luck!

Anne



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Posted 04 January 2012 - 02:04 PM

The Burmese employees may also read/understand Thai. We have many Lao workers who understand and speak both Lao and Thai. You may get away with translating it into Thai which is more common..






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