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Workplace Essential Skills

This exciting video series helps those who are unemployed and under-employed develop essential skills for finding and keeping a job. An outstanding resource, Workplace Essential Skills teaches pre-GED adults (sixth to eighth grade reading level) how to use basic skills in the workplace. You may begin using the series when it premieres this fall. The skills content of each program is demonstrated through scenarios drawn from four workplace contexts: construction, manufacturing, health care, and retail/service. Episodes 101-105 identify job search strategies, episodes 106-108 introduce strategies for new hires; and episodes 109-124 develop basic skills in reading, writing, math, problem solving, and communication in the workplace. The last program is a half-hour student orientation.

  • Finding What You Need: Forms and Charts
    Monday, May 27
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Forms and charts organize the flow of work in many workplaces. Just as it's important to fill out forms and charts carefully, it's also important to know how to read and interpret them accurately. Learn how forms are used in a variety of workplaces.
  • Measurements and Formulas
    Wednesday, May 29
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    How much does a liter weigh compared with a quart? How accurate does the measurement of an infant's head need to be? Learn how to use measurement tools and typical formulas.
  • Trends and Predictions: Graphs and Data
    Wednesday, June 5
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Graphs and data track performance of all kinds, whether it's how well a product is doing or how many sales an employee has made that week. Making sense of graphs and spreadsheets is an important skill. Learn how data is collected, displayed, and used at work.
  • Orientation
    Wednesday, June 12
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
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  • Fractions, Decimals and Percents
    Wednesday, May 22
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Many workplace math problems involve using numbers less than one-- decimals, fractions, and percents. Learn how to work with these in a variety of workplace situations.
  • Reading for a Purpose
    Monday, May 20
    6:31 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Good reading skills can mean the difference between being an average worker and being an excellent worker. Today's workplace requires just about everyone to use reading comprehension skills to get their jobs done. Understand the different ways reading is used on the job and how to use strategies such as skimming and scanning to increase reading efficiency and comprehension.
  • Solving Problems
    Wednesday, May 15
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Knowing how to set up a math problem to find an answer and being able to judge whether the answer makes sense are highly valued skills. Learn about some strategies people use to solve problems at work.
  • Writing Memos and Letters
    Monday, May 13
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Writing effectively involves knowing when, how, and what to write. Many workers lack confidence in their writing skills and as a result often avoid writing. Learn about the writing process and how to improve your own workplace writing.
  • Number Sense
    Wednesday, May 8
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    How is your number sense? Like common sense, this is a valuable set of skills that helps you organize your life at home and at work. Find out what number sense is and how to develop it using skills like estimation.
  • Supplying Information: Directions, Forms and Chart
    Monday, May 6
    6:31 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Forms and charts carry the important flow of information that keeps a business going. Filling out forms accurately and completely may seem like drudgery, but these skills are essential for a smoothly functioning workplace. Learn how typical businesses use forms and charts and the importance of accuracy and care in handling these workplace tools.
  • Reading Reports and Manuals
    Wednesday, May 1
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    How do you cope with the often overwhelming amount of reading in your workplace? Learn how memos, reports, equipment manuals, and safety procedures are all used to transmit important information.
  • A Process for Writing
    Monday, April 29
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Poorly written memos, incomplete messages, and hard-to-read reports can erode productivity and raise stress levels. Learn the process approach to writing and get an inside look at how a variety of workplaces use written communications.
  • Following Directions
    Wednesday, April 24
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Whether it's fixing a cranky copy machine or mixing up a batch of lawn fertilizer, good reading comprehension and listening skills can mean the difference between success and disaster in a workplace. Learn how workplaces use diagrams and other written instructions, and discover reading strategies and tips for following directions.
  • Communicating with Customers
    Monday, April 22
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Excellent customer service is the hallmark of every successful business. Learn the basics of customer service and how to provide it even under difficult circumstances.
  • Finding What You Need: Forms and Charts
    Wednesday, April 17
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Forms and charts organize the flow of work in many workplaces. Just as it's important to fill out forms and charts carefully, it's also important to know how to read and interpret them accurately. Learn how forms are used in a variety of workplaces.
  • Working Together
    Monday, April 15
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Team work is another top-rated skill. Active listening, respect for other team members, and working together to solve problems are essential skills in today's workplaces. Learn the importance of team work and how to be an effective team member.
  • Reading for a Purpose
    Wednesday, April 10
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Good reading skills can mean the difference between being an average worker and being an excellent worker. Today's workplace requires just about everyone to use reading comprehension skills to get their jobs done. Understand the different ways reading is used on the job and how to use strategies such as skimming and scanning to increase reading efficiency and comprehension.
  • Communicating with Coworkers and Supervisors
    Monday, April 8
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Exchanging information is the main purpose for communication in the workplace. Learning how to make your messages clear and complete is an important skill for every employee. Discover how to use effective communication strategies at work with particular emphasis on conflict resolution skills.
  • Writing Memos and Letters
    Wednesday, April 3
    10:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Writing effectively involves knowing when, how, and what to write. Many workers lack confidence in their writing skills and as a result often avoid writing. Learn about the writing process and how to improve your own workplace writing.
  • The Language of Work
    Monday, April 1
    6:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Employers rate good communication skills among the highest qualities they value in their employees. Every workplace has its own style of communication and sometimes new workers have difficulty mastering the new language of work. Explore important skills such as speaking clearly, listening actively, and solving problems through effective communications.