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Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation

by Frank Roche on July 16, 2008

in KnowHR

Chinese Restaurant Called "Translate Server Error"

This is a cautionary tale.

You know why survey after survey reveals that three-quarters of employees think they don’t get enough communication? It’s because what they get too often is a variation on “Translate Server Error.

Somebody with the best of intentions tries to take material and translate it into “language that employees will understand.” Unfortunately, some of those people wouldn’t know good communication if it snuck up and bit them on the hiney.

Here’s a communication hint: If you’re not fluent in Simplicity, ask the native speakers. Don’t try to translate what you don’t know.

[Hat tip to Vince Ferrari]

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