I received a pamphlet with my dental insurance bill informing me that if I had questions, I could call a number and receive assistance. What made it catch my eye is that it offered help in 15 different languages.

I wouldn’t think that Delta Dental of Iowa would provide language access services in Arabic, Hindi, Karen, Korean, Laotian, Pennsylvania Dutch, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Tagalog, Thai and Vietnamese, but interpreters are available without charge for these languages and more. It is a great service for customers, free of charge.

While you may not be able to provide such a broad range of interpreters, is there something you can do to assist those who do not speak English? Perhaps you can provide materials in one or two other languages, provide a FAQ list in multiple languages or collect the names of your staff and key volunteers who could assist in translation.

True service is delivered in a language that can be understood.

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

I'm the chief connector at leadership dots where I serve as "the string" for individuals and organizations. Like stringing pearls together to make a necklace, "being the string" is an intentional way of thinking and behaving – making linkages between things that otherwise appear random or unconnected – whether that be supervising a staff, completing a dissertation or advancing a project in the workplace. I share daily leadership dots on my blog to provide examples of “the string” in action. I use the string philosophy through coaching, consulting and teaching to help others build capacity in themselves and their organizations. I craft analogies and metaphors that help people comprehend complex topics and understand their role in the system. My favorite work involves helping those new to supervision or newly promoted supervisors build confidence and learn the skills necessary to effectively lead their team.

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