Consulting employees whose first language is not English

If your employees have difficulties understanding English, or employees have low literacy levels, there are a number of ways you can communicate with them to encourage their involvement. The aim is to achieve the same standard of understanding and involvement as for an English speaker.

The following can help to involve and consult such employees:

Be aware of cultural differences and take these into account when consulting employees - there may be some employees who do not feel able to speak up about health and safety matters.

The key to individual consultation is to make sure that everybody is involved so choose those methods that you know will reach all members of the workforce.

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