“Should we translate our Code of Conduct?” & Three Questions with Ronnie Feldman

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When considering whether to translate your Code of Conduct into other languages, there are some surprising nuances. If your organization typically translates documents, you may be familiar with the basic process.  Translating a Code of Conduct, however, is a little different than other documents because there are more factors to consider.  Among them, you need to consider the process of translating the layout and design as well as text and who your audience is in each country in which you have operations.

  • What factors do you need to consider when determining whether to translate and, if so, which languages to choose if you are a multinational corporation?
  • If your organization is based solely in North America, do you even need to consider translations?
  • What type of guidance do government agencies provide in terms of translations and accessibility of your Code to your employees?

Eric answers these questions and more in this episode of Compliance Beat.

The Upshot

When it comes to translations, there’s more to consider than meets the eye. It’s important to think about translating your Code of Conduct, even if you are a purely domestic organization.  The key is to look closely at your employee population and your stakeholder population to determine what languages are necessary. Lastly don’t forget to take a close look at your English version. If your English is too complicated, then your translations will be too complicated.

Three Questions with Ronnie Feldman, Founder of Learning & Entertainments.

Ronnie has a truly unique route to compliance and ethics.  He started off his career with an MBA and worked for a boutique consulting firm which provided strategic planning to companies in the healthcare industry.  Ten years into his career, he fell in love with improvisation comedy and left the corporate world to join an improv troupe.  Ronnie left the improv troupe to build a corporate education business with Second City Works, the B2B arm of the famed improv comedy institution.  Listen to how Ronnie has become an improvisational evangelist for thinking in the workplace. His new complany, Learning & Entertainments, brings comedy, fun and creativity to compliance and ethics training that truly engages employees.

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