LANGUAGE, LITERACY AND NUMERACY IN THE WORKPLACE

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LANGUAGE, LITERACY AND NUMERACY IN THE WORKPLACE

Language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills in the workplace are more important than some of us think. It affects our ability to write and write and perform simple mathematics equations. Some of you might say: “I’ve learnt how to read and write and do maths in school!” but LLN in the workplace is more than just basic skills.

Have you ever stopped and thought about all the skills you use every day to do tasks? If you did you’d start to realise how the skills we take for granted are the skills we need to be effective workers.

Completing daily safety sheets, sending emails, finding information, writing reports, accessing information electronically all require us to use LLN skills. If people in your workplace have not developed the required LLN skills it might slow down processes and cause inefficiency.

Now, everyone can read and write; but are we confident about performing tasks in the workplace to a certain level? LLN skills are necessary in the workplace because it ensures that employees can read and write at the standard that is required of them. An admin person at a solicitor’s office will require much different language and literacy skills compared to an admin person working at a restaurant. In today’s workplace we need to be able to read and write and perform calculations at a high level. If you find yourself asking: “how do I spell that?” or “where can I find this piece of information?” then maybe it is time to upgrade your LLN skills.

Our LLN skills need to be constantly upgraded as we do and experience more in life. We need it when we apply for a better job or for a promotion, when we want to join different committees or simply have our voices heard. As we move up in life, we need to up the ante and it is important that we look to improve our LLN skills.

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