Language Accessibility In The Workplace

pexels-photo-380769.jpegThere is no doubt that many people that have special needs often find it hard to get the accommodations that they need in certain public places. However, in a work environment this should be much easier to receive the equipment or services you need as they assist an individual in completing the tasks and assignments that have been set forth by the employer. Unfortunately, still there is a barrier in getting the necessary accommodations for many. Every individual has different needs to be able to perform well and wheelchair ramps and a comfortable chair, is not where these accommodations should stop.

If an employer expects an employee to be productive, it is in the best interest of everybody involved to promote a happy, safe and healthy work environment. Many times this means something extra for a small portion of the employees. This can mean a special floor mat that absorbs shock in a factory environment or an interpreter occasionally for a deaf or hard of hearing employee. There are many regulations for safety accommodations and most employers abide by these rules by the book to the T. However, many times the same employers overlook ADA laws that require companies to provide a clear line of communication for those who are deaf. This is a reasonable accommodation and in most cases is required by law.

The outcome is the same, if you avoid the law, your company could be sued, but many times the penalty for overlooking these types of accommodations are more subtle. The employee may not understand certain topics covered in meetings, they may not be able to be as productive as they otherwise would be or they may not be privy to very important safety instructions. The result of not allowing an individual the right to an interpreter can be very negative and counter productive.  Communication is the root of all teamwork and if your office is not allowing a clear line of communication for any reason, this can back fire fast.

The costs of these services should not not be looked at as a unnecessary expense, they should be viewed as a solid investment in the employees future with your company. If productivity, safety and a forward movement in progress are important to your office, these accommodations should be met with a smile. The outcomes will certainly be fruitful for the employee and your organization as well. When employees feel that they have all the tools they need to accomplish their tasks, this can also make for a much happier and more friendly work environment.

If your company is trying to find services that can help them provide sign language interpreting services easier then ever, it may be beneficial to look into video remote interpreting services. When you use a VRI sign language agency, you get much more flexibility when it comes to getting ASL services in your office or place of work. Many companies have also found these services to be the most cost effective to fill the need.


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