Certainly affects one’s ability to purse an education and to get better jobs. Language barriers make it difficult to give direction, explain your expectations or provide performance feedback to those with whom you’re communicating; it can contribute to a lack of productivity, mistakes being made or general lack of trust between the employer and workers. In many cases Language could get in the way from asking for promotions or management positions.
Provide an orientation program that addresses some language barriers, considering having co-workers serve as mentors or coaches to help new workers adapt to vocabulary of the workplace. Having a patient supervisor or co-worker can make all the difference in helping someone at the workplace.
Cultural and Language Barriers In the Workplace [Abstract]. (2002). Workforce Development Board Position Papers.