In order to stay competitive, today’s organization has to realize maximum productivity from each and every employee.

While investing training dollars exclusively in specific task skills training (i.e., “Centrifugal Pump Maintenance”), too often, the company ignores the basic skills knowledge gap that exists throughout their organization. Unfortunately, when they take the time to examine that basic skills gap, many find that their employees simply don’t have the necessary basic skills knowledge to perform their jobs effectively.

And yet, a working understanding of applied industrial math, as well as the necessary reading and writing skills significantly affects on-the-job performance!

The required fundamental skills in an applied industrial math curriculum should include everything from whole numbers to decimals to statistics. Basic reading and writing skills should address everything from procedures and instructions to reference materials and technical manuals.

Effective basic skills instruction in the business world should include “real world” situations, allowing employees to apply what they learn to their own jobs. Using well-designed self-paced, individualized training allows the learner to master the basic skills that their prior exposure to traditional education may have failed to communicate.

The result? More confident, productive employees who are more likely to succeed with the opportunities they encounter as they learn to translate these newly discovered basic skills into better on-the-job performance.

Don’t assume your employees have the requisite basic skills to perform effectively. Measure their basic skills gap — and, then address it with knowledgeably designed media-based training programs. You’ll soon discover that basic reading, writing and math skills are a necessary foundation for successfully acquiring the maintenance skills your organization requires.

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— Bill Walton, Founder, ITC Learning
www.itclearning.com/blog/ (Tuesdays & Thursdays)
e-Mail: bwalton@itclearning.com