Help for New Employees
with Limited English
Work Orientation and Safety Training
One of the main goals of Staff Language and Culture Services (SLCS) is to assist new employees with limited English proficiency and their supervisors by helping these new employees understand and complete safety training, comprehend work expectations, and, in general, become oriented to the new workplace.
Most UI employees with limited English proficiency start work with the vocabulary they need, or else they quickly learn the English they need to do their jobs. However, when beginning a new job, all employees are given a large amount of reading materials and new information. This information may not be presented in a way that is easy to understand. Cultural factors combined with a desire to impress a new boss often make it difficult for employees to ask the questions they have. SLCS staff have the time and the training to help new staff members with limited English proficiency understand all the important information they are given at the start of employment.
In the past, SLCS staff have taught new hires English vocabulary necessary for communicating safety expectations, and they have sat with new hires during safety training as a resource for explanation. SLCS staff have also translated safety training and workplace expectations into Spanish, French, and Korean.
If you or a staff member you know needs help with work orientation, please contact us to talk about it.
Last updated December 2012