Author: JAlfonso

November 22, 2018 JAlfonso No comments exist

A company was having problems with a Hispanic crew. They were a very good crew with the reputation for working fast and doing quality work. There were a couple of issues however. They sometimes cut corners and didn’t follow safety protocols. Depending on the project and standards of the General Contractor this could sometimes be…

November 12, 2018 JAlfonso 7 comments

I have a few pet peeves to discuss. Sometimes I run into exceptional interpreters who have some terrible habits; I also run into good interpreters with great work ethic. Guess which one I prefer to work with? By far, I prefer to deal with the good interpreter with the great work ethic. Arriving late: Nothing…

November 3, 2018 JAlfonso No comments exist

Over time, I have come to identify two types of people. The person who tends to dwell on negative things and the positive person. Negative people: Dwell on negative thoughts Tend to be critical of others Often suffer from depression Often make other people frustrated and depressed Positive People: Focus on the good side of…

October 27, 2018 JAlfonso No comments exist

When I think of setting high expectations, two South Carolina companies come to mind:  BMW and Greenville Health System (GHS). I have heard stories of crews sent home from BMW for failing to follow proper safety protocol. At GHS, if you are found not wearing your hard hat for instance, you will be sent home….

October 17, 2018 JAlfonso 2 comments

To become a certified healthcare interpreter in the USA, a person must first take interpreting courses. I attended an 80-hour course at Greenville Tech. I believe that only 40 hours are required to get certified. I can say however, that that 80-hour course was very basic and the minimum foundation for this profession.   One…

September 29, 2018 JAlfonso No comments exist

All the stories I share are about people I knew and are true. However, I did change the names to protect the innocent, the guilty, and myself. Bill York:  I met Bill after he had fallen three stories from a scaffold. The reason he didn’t die right away was because he bounced off a ledge…

September 28, 2018 JAlfonso 2 comments

Healthcare interpreters are encouraged to become proficient at note taking. I have found note taking especially useful when I must remember dates and numbers. For this reason, I have been studying on how to take better and faster notes. I plan to even take a class on the subject at some point soon. I have…

August 30, 2018 JAlfonso No comments exist

Often, when I do safety training, company leaders’ eyes are opened to the perils and potential for greatness. However, doubt sets in.  They tell me that if a smaller contractor starts asking too much from a sub, especially in this economy where there is a qualified labor shortage, the subs will just pick up and…