Authentic Voices: Workplace Setting is designed to help agricultural employers develop the skills to communicate directly with their immigrant workers.
Increasing complexity in the agricultural industry makes communicating through an interpreter a necessity of business when the person in charge is the one who should be having the conversation. The video focuses on farmer-worker and manager-worker communication. The video contains scenarios in which the interpreter should be a professional and, alternatively, in which a bilingual worker will be able to handle the task, as long as the people involved are utilizing the strategies outlined.
The training video has a segment in English for agricultural employers and other English-speaking managers and/or workers. It also has a segment in Spanish for Spanish-speaking workers. Both segments present information and strategies for communicating effectively while using an interpreter. The Spanish segment contains additional content that focuses on U.S. cultural norms in the workplace.
Even for immigrants who do not speak Spanish, the vignettes from the videos are a useful illustration of key techniques for communicating through an interpreter, such as where to sit during a meeting, how long to speak, and who to look at.
A Resource Guide accompanies the video. It contains a summary of the content to be used as a reference and additional information to support systemic implementation.
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