I moved to Asia recently. I have to optimize some production cells, mainly painting cell (manual spray), which means measurements. No operators in the company can speak English. In the offices, some person speak English such as CEO, quality manager, and a little bit the production manager. Some translator are available, but they are pretty busy and cannot be by your side for long.
Unfortunately I am not staying long enough in the company (just few months) to get to learn the language.
I know that communication is the KEY point in industrial engineering, especially when measurement of productivity (and therefore operators) is involved.
What are the key point to follow in order to successfully accomplish a task in a foreign environment?