Do you employ Limited English Proficient LEP Employees?<br />What Should Your Organization Be Doing? <br />Presented by Wy...
The Immigration Factor<br />
Hispanic (the ethnic majority)<br />The Hispanic population (40.57%)<br />White (38.85%) <br />Asian (10.19%) <br />Africa...
Demographic shifts in the labor market<br /><ul><li>Approximately 55 percent of the total population increase between 2000...
Employees</li></li></ul><li>English Solutions <br />Multi-lingual & Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Employees: Guidance ...
Why Would You Hire LEP Staff?<br /><ul><li>Increases the overall labor pool
Staff from other cultures can help your company connect with customers from other cultures
Immigrants may supply certain skill sets that are in high demand
Highly competitive labor markets may necessitate the hire of LEP staff
You may be able to reduce cost of labor</li></li></ul><li>Unproductive and Dangerous Questions<br />“Why don’t they just l...
Recognize the Role of Culture<br /><ul><li>Individuals from different national origins may have varying beliefs around hea...
It may take time and training to acculturate some employees to American safety standards and practices
Some cultures have norms that discourage challenging authority
Some cultures favor less direct communication styles</li></li></ul><li>Things to Watch Out For<br /><ul><li>Using the LEP ...
Employees with “get-by” knowledge of another language (e.g. “get-by Spanish”)
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Suggestions for Working with Limited English Proficient employees

  1. 1. Do you employ Limited English Proficient LEP Employees?<br />What Should Your Organization Be Doing? <br />Presented by Wyatt Chambers<br />
  2. 2. The Immigration Factor<br />
  3. 3. Hispanic (the ethnic majority)<br />The Hispanic population (40.57%)<br />White (38.85%) <br />Asian (10.19%) <br />African American (7.30%)<br />How did we get here?<br />
  4. 4. Demographic shifts in the labor market<br /><ul><li>Approximately 55 percent of the total population increase between 2000 and 2006 in California was directly attributable to immigrants.</li></li></ul><li>So, with all of these changes, what should your business be focusing on?<br /><ul><li>Customers
  5. 5. Employees</li></li></ul><li>English Solutions <br />Multi-lingual & Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Employees: Guidance and Tips<br />
  6. 6. Why Would You Hire LEP Staff?<br /><ul><li>Increases the overall labor pool
  7. 7. Staff from other cultures can help your company connect with customers from other cultures
  8. 8. Immigrants may supply certain skill sets that are in high demand
  9. 9. Highly competitive labor markets may necessitate the hire of LEP staff
  10. 10. You may be able to reduce cost of labor</li></li></ul><li>Unproductive and Dangerous Questions<br />“Why don’t they just learn English?”<br />“By offering education and resources in other languages, aren’t we just enabling them to put off learning English?”<br />“How are we going to afford this?”<br />
  11. 11. Recognize the Role of Culture<br /><ul><li>Individuals from different national origins may have varying beliefs around health and safety
  12. 12. It may take time and training to acculturate some employees to American safety standards and practices
  13. 13. Some cultures have norms that discourage challenging authority
  14. 14. Some cultures favor less direct communication styles</li></li></ul><li>Things to Watch Out For<br /><ul><li>Using the LEP employee with the “best” English for relaying messages
  15. 15. Employees with “get-by” knowledge of another language (e.g. “get-by Spanish”)
  16. 16. Online translations
  17. 17. Your own assumptions
  18. 18. Paying for expensive models that employees “take home” to learn English</li></li></ul><li>How can I train my LEP workforce?<br />
  19. 19. Training Modalities for LEP individuals Suggestion #1<br />Provide written training materials with high pictorial content<br />Easy to distribute and replicate<br />Cost- effective<br />Promotes literacy and higher thinking skills<br />Allows employees to review and use for easy reference<br />
  20. 20. Education Modalities for LEP individuals #2<br />Role Play<br />Prepares employees for real- life experience with customers<br />Applying different learning styles, visual, audio, tactile, etc.<br />Studies show that adults learn best when they apply what they have learned.<br />With repetition and requesting employee commitment, you will see automatic results.<br />
  21. 21. Education Modalities for LEP individuals #3<br />Multimedia & Technology<br />Allows employees to study at there own leisure.<br />Access to technology= added benefit<br />Using different learning skills (visual, tactile, audio)<br />
  22. 22. Education Modalities for LEP individuals #4<br />Hire the experts…<br />Make sure they are engaging, direct, and have a comprehensive strategy<br />Professional ESL trainers can encourage staff members to be proactive with there English other than reactive<br />Experts have proven that ESL training will improve retention, customer service, safety, and communication<br />
  23. 23. Questions?<br />Wyatt Chambers is an ESL trainer that has worked in several different environments and is recognized by many big named companies.<br />Wyatt Chambers<br />wyatt@englishsolutions.biz<br />Subscribe to our newsletter www.englishsolutions.biz<br />

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