WORKPLACE
EMPLOYABILITY
SKILLS




WORKPLACE SKILLS

THE DIFINITION OF WORKPLACE SKILLS

WORKPLACE SKILLS RELATED TOPICS

WORKPLACE BASIC SKILLS

TEACHING STUDENTS ABOUT WORK AND ENPLOYABILITY SKILLS

MOST IMPORTANT EMPLOYEE SKILLS IN THE WORKPLACE

WORKPLACE SKILLS LINKS



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WORKPLACE
SKILLS




Workplace skills are the abilities employees need to successfully accomplish
work tasks. These include: managing time and other resources; understanding,
evaluating, and using a variey of information; communicating effectively with
others in multiple formats (speaking, writing, listening); understanding
relationships among the components of a system; and applying information
technology appropriately and effectively.



Workplace Skills
http://cte.ed.gov/employabilityskills/index.php/framework/workplace_skills



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THE DEFINITION
OF
WORKPLACE SKILLS



Workplace skills, often called employability skills, are the basic
skills a person must have to succeed in any workplace. They are the
core knowledge, skills and attitudes that allow workers to understand
instructions, solve problems and get along with co-workers and
customers. These skills are necessary for success at all levels of an
organization and are transferable from one organization to another.

Job skills are not the same as workplace skills. Job skills are the
knowledge and experience required to perform a specific job. For example,
a nurse must know how to safely give an injection and must be a registered
nurse (RN). Workplace skills are more general and are the foundation upon
which job skills are built.



Identifying Workplace Skills

In 1990, the U.S. Department of Education funded a study conducted by
the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) to identify
what employee skills businesses would need in the 21st century. The
study identified 36 skills grouped in five categories or competencies.
They include basic skills, such as reading, writing and arithmetic;
communication skills -- both listening and speaking; adaptability
skills, including problem-solving and creative thinking; developmental
skills, such as self-esteem, motivation and goal-setting; group
effectiveness skills, including teamwork; and interpersonal or influencing
skills, such as leadership and understanding group dynamics. Since that
time, the skills have been consolidated into three broad categories
fundamental, personal management and teamwork skills.



Fundamental Skills

Fundamental skills are often referred to as basic academic skills and
include reading, writing, mathematics, science, speaking and listening.
Comprehension skills are included in this group and involve being able
to understand and ask questions about information in a variety of forms,
including graphs, charts and diagrams, as well as the written and spoken
words.

Thinking and problem solving skills are also fundamental. These skills
allow a person to analyze a situation, identify the root cause of a
problem and find a solution for that problem. They can also use
technology as work tools and to share knowledge.



Personal Management Skills

Personal management skills are the attitudes, behaviors and skills that
drive personal development. These are skills that help a person learn
and advance in the organization. Personal management skills assist
workers in setting goals and balancing work and personal life demands.
These skills also help them accept responsibility; learn from their
mistakes, accept feedback and be open and able to respond constructively
to change. Good social skills and employee productivity are also in this
category.



Teamwork Skills

A person with strong teamwork skills is able to work effectively as part
of a team or on an individual basis. Effective team members understand
the dynamics of the team. They respect diversity and value different
points of view. They also contribute to the team in a positive manner
and share information with their teammates.

In addition, they are partners in projects and tasks, understanding the
scope of the project, the nature of the work and the project goals. They
can select and use the appropriate tools; monitor project progress and
report both problems and successes; and adapt to changing project
requirements.



The Definition of Workplace Skills
http://www.ehow.com/info_7786830_definition-workplace-skills.html#ixzz2Phwjxmge



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WORKPLACE SKILLS
RELATED
TOPICS




Skilled Labor Vs. Unskilled Labor
http://www.ehow.com/about_5410206_skilled-labor-vs-unskilled-labor.html

Basic Organization Skills
http://www.ehow.com/list_6521683_basic-organization-skills.html

What Are Workplace Competencies?
http://www.ehow.com/info_8163972_workplace-competencies.html

What Is the Definition of Organizational Skills?
http://www.ehow.com/facts_6742801_definition-organizational-skills_.html

Management Skills Workplace Needed
http://www.ehow.com/info_8231540_management-skills-workplace-needed.html

Communication Skills In The Workplace
http://www.ehow.com/how_8370353_enhance-communication-skills-workplace.html

Workplace Skills for Success
http://www.ehow.com/info_7813284_workplace-skills-success.html

Definition of Organizational Skills in the Workplace
http://www.ehow.com/info_8221666_definition-organizational-skills-workplace.html

Definition of a Basic Skills Test
http://www.ehow.com/about_5044509_definition-basic-skills-test.html

What Is the Definition of Organizational Skills?
http://www.ehow.com/facts_6742801_definition-organizational-skills_.html

Definition of Workplace Readiness
http://www.ehow.com/info_8279833_definition-workplace-readiness.html

Essential Skills for the Workplace
http://www.ehow.com/info_8097623_essential-skills-workplace.html

5 Basic Job Readiness Skills
http://www.ehow.com/info_8613332_5-basic-job-readiness-skills.html

About Basic Computer Skills for the Workplace
http://www.ehow.com/about_6387376_basic-computer-skills-workplace.html

What Are Workplace Related Life Skills?
http://www.ehow.com/info_8161773_workplace-related-life-skills.html



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The Concept of Effective Communication
http://www.ehow.com/about_6579956_concept-effective-communication.html

How Do You Define Your Skills?
http://www.ehow.com/how_7645429_do-define-skills.html

The Definition of Non-Cognitive Skills
http://www.ehow.com/info_8410447_definition-noncognitive-skills.html

Effective Teamwork Skills
http://www.ehow.com/about_5377583_effective-teamwork-skills.html

Define Supervisory Skills
http://www.ehow.com/about_6771416_define-supervisory-skills.html

Definition of People Skills
http://www.ehow.com/about_5285068_definition-people-skills.html

Clerical Duties and Skills Definition
http://www.ehow.com/way_5809584_clerical-duties-skills-definition.html

A List of Skill Competencies
http://www.ehow.com/list_7456759_list-skill-competencies.html

Core Duties of a Company Secretary
http://www.ehow.com/list_6539524_core-duties-company-secretary.html

People Skills in the Workplace
http://www.ehow.com/list_6328763_people-skills-workplace.html

Organizational Skills in a Workplace
http://www.ehow.com/list_6467910_organizational-skills-workplace.html



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WORKPLACE
BASIC
SKILLS




Workplace basic skills include literacy skills and other important
skills, attitudes and behaviors that are essential to workplace
success and high performance.

Gaining basic skills also has a positive impact on employees' attitudes
and behaviors. This is often just as valuable to employers as the skills
gains themselves.

For example, employees who improve their basic skills are also likely
to become more conscientious. Once they become fully aware of what is
expected of them and how their efforts fit into the big picture, and
then receive the skills to meet those demands, the quality of their
work generally rises.



Workplace Basic Skills include:

Understanding and ability to use prose (such as reports, letters, and
equipment manuals)

Communicating effectively in English

Understanding and ability to use documents (such as safety instructions,
assembly directions, maps)

Understanding and ability to use numbers by themselves or charts and tables

Thinking critically and acting logically to solve problems and make decisions

Using computers, technology, tools and information systems effectively

Ability to build and work in teams

Positive attitude toward change

Willingness and ability to learn for life



Workplace Basic Skills
http://www.workplacebasicskills.com/frame/workplace_skills/workplace_basic_skills.htm



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TEACHING STUDENTS
ABOUT WORK AND
EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS




Employability skills are the 'ready for work' skills vital to do the
job! Creating a series of employability skills lesson plans is an
important part of any career or work education program, and it can
cover a range of content suited to your students.



What Employability-Skills Mean


Employability skills or generic skills are those which can be applied
to most workplace situations. They are general in nature, and cover a
range of 'whole of job' experiences. They are sometimes referred to as
the 'soft' skills, but teachers should not take this to mean they are
dispensable or easy to learn. For many students, mastering employability
skills can be a challenging and confronting process, requiring intensive
teacher and school input and explicit teaching, role modelling and task
planning. For this reason, it is important to work towards an employability
skills lesson plans series or sequence as this allows you, as teacher, to
devote time, curriculum resources and effort towards teaching employability
skills as an important part of your careers, work education or life learning
program.


Employability skills are usually seen
as covering eight core skill areas:


1.Initiative

2. Teamwork

3. Communication

4. Using technology

5. Solving problems and using initiative

6. Being able to self manage

7. Learning for life

8. Planning and organising


Therefore, an employability skills lesson plans series will involve specific
and explicit teaching of content related to each of the above areas.



Teaching Students About Work and Employability Skills
http://www.brighthubeducation.com/high-school-teaching-tips/6207-employability-skills-lesson-plan-high-school/



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MOST IMPORTANT
EMPLOYEE SKILLS
IN THE WORKPLACE




Employers looking to hire new employees look for specific skills
and qualities in new workers in hopes of creating or maintaining
an efficient, professional and productive workplace. Some of the
most important employee skills in the office or workplace are
often rooted in how people work and communicate with one another
and how research and planning is done in the workplace. Examine
your best qualities and skills before entering a job interview,
so your best skills stand out for a prospective employer.



Communication Skills

Employees must have strong communication skills, as they have to
communicate with one another and with supervisors. Some employees
working in customer service must also communicate directly with
customers. Effective communication skills are important to ensure
written emails are clear, documents are readable and speech during
presentation is clear and professional. Listening skills are also
crucial, as employees must listen to different approaches and ideas
for projects and assignments, especially when working as part of a
team.



Research and Analytical Skills

Other important skills that employers seek in new employees are research
and analytical skills. Some employers often require employees to conduct
market research for new products or production research to keep production
costs low and profits high and determine what is in demand on the market.
Rather than taking everything at face value, employees must be analytical
and test all information found in the research.



Planning and Multitasking Skills

Each employee is responsible for meeting deadlines, planning a schedule and
multitasking various assignments, tasks and events currently on the employee’s
plate of responsibilities. Employers seek workers who can handle the workload
without needing too much guidance or hand-holding during the workday. This
skill includes solving problems, being flexible with project changes and taking
feedback from other workers.



Leadership and Creativity Skills

Employees often work together on projects, so some employees must take on the
leadership role to ensure deadlines are met, problems are addressed and all
ideas are being considered. Employers often seek employees who have natural
leadership skills. In addition, these employees must also have creativity
skills so they can find and use solutions for potential problems on tasks,
projects or assignments.



Most Important Employee Skills in the Workplace
http://smallbusiness.chron.com/important-employee-skills-workplace-24708.html



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WORKPLACE
EMPLOYABILITY
SKILLS
LINKS




14 Skills and Values Employers Seek in Jobseekers
https://www.livecareer.com/quintessential/job-skills-values

Develop a skills plan that works
http://www.skillsportal.co.za/page/skills-development/1255445-Develop-a-skills-plan-that-works#.UWBokOUo45s

Guidelines for preparing a workplace skills plan
http://www.workinfo.com/free/Downloads/64.htm

The Importance of a Workplace Skills Plan
http://www.successco.co.za/skills-sizzle/item/the-importance-of-a-workplace-skills-plan

The International Adult Literacy Survey
http://www.workplacebasicskills.com/frame/workplace_skills/ials.htm

Submitting a workplace skills plan
http://www.nascence.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=80&Itemid=191

Top 10 Valued Workplace Skills
http://www.jwu.edu/uploadedFiles/Documents/Alumni/JWUTopWorkSkills.pdf

Workplace Basic Skills
http://www.workplacebasicskills.com/

Workplace Essential Skills
http://litlink.ket.org/begin_wes.aspl

WORKPLACE ESSENTIAL SKILLS
http://litlink.ket.org/begin_wes.aspl

Workplace Essential Skills
http://www.ketadultlearning.org/work/workplace.htm

Workplace Essential Skills
http://www.aptv.org/Schedule/showinfo.asp?ID=405437&NOLA1=WESK

Workplace Skills Handouts
http://www.eastsideliteracy.org/tutorsupport/Work/WorkIdeas.htm



Investopedia
http://www.investopedia.com/




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