Title

Breaking Language Barrier: A Review of the Costs and Benefits of Current Approaches

Abstract

Language barrier in a workplace affects workers' productivity and safety. The objectives of this paper are to: (1) review the various approaches for breaking language barriers among miners; and (2) analyze the costs and benefits of these approaches, and make recommendations on the way forward. The authors achieve these objectives by reviewing the current approaches in breaking language barriers among miners. The review reveals that some of these approaches can be expensive with less benefits. Thus, it is concluded that mining companies should carefully select the optimal approach to break language barrier.

Meeting Name

2016 SME Annual Conference and Expo: The Future for Mining in a Data-Driven World (2016: Feb. 21-24, Phoenix, AZ)

Department(s)

Mining Engineering

Keywords and Phrases

Miners; Costs and benefits; Language barriers; Mining companies; Optimal approaches; Workers; Cost benefit analysis

International Standard Book Number (ISBN)

978-1-5108-2565-9

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2016 Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, All rights reserved.

Publication Date

01 Feb 2016

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