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I would like to know if anyone has ever had to try to secure a network in which the users were very poorly educated.  I'm not talking rhetorically but realistically.  

I manage the network for a medium-sized, privately-owned manufacturing company.  That company hires the cheapest employees they can for their manufacturing positions.  Most of those employees are poorly educated (6th - 8th grade) and most of them speak Spanish, Vietnamese, or one of several African dialects.  I am struggling for a way to effectively communicate network security when I can barely communicate with these employees.  Management supports my efforts to tighten security up to but not including making an example of an offending employee.  As a result, I do seemingly endless counseling sessions where I see a lot of bobbing heads and hear a lot of affirmatives (in various languages) but see just as many blank stares.

If you have experience with this type of situation I would like to hear your recommendations.  Insights such as "fire the offenders", while reasonable, is not workable in our environment.
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Gotcha on the GPOs.  What about leaving a PC unlocked?  Secure that with a screensaver timeout?
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Any thoughts on the language barriers?  I've thought of having IT policies translated into the different dialects but the end users might not understand them, I couldn't translate them verbally, and HR wouldn't enforce them.
No idea about that. It's a kind of dead end considering the literacy of the users........