"Workplace education" helps provide a foundation for lifelong learning as people and businesses grow together. Literacy and essential skills are at the core of workplace education. Improving workers' skills creates a more productive workforce, a more competitive economy, and an improved bottom line. From http://abclifeliteracy.ca/workplace_literacy/home
Literacy in the Workplace
Four out of 10 adult Canadians, age 16 to 65 – representing 9 million Canadians – struggle with low literacy. They fall below level 3 on the prose literacy scale (Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALL) Survey, Statistics Canada and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, 2005).
Individuals with Level 1 and 2 skills are at the most risk of losing their current jobs as a result of technological, process or organizational change, including job losses due to outsourcing. It is unlikely that these individuals have the reading and numeracy skill to cope with the majority of jobs that will replace the jobs that are lost (International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey (IALSS), 2003).
Maybe your employees can read, write and add but they may struggle with: