Literacy in the Workplace

Author: 
Bhattacharya, Gopal
Date of publication: 
Mon, 1997-05-05

As we get closer to the end of the century, it becomes increasingly clear that

one of the most potent forces to have impacted on the economic and social

environment of the countries across the globe, especially since the last

decade, is the force of globalization. This is reflected in increased pace of

economic liberalization, freer flow of technology, integrated financial

markets and corporate strategies of multinational companies that operate

on a premise of homogenous market (ILO/ROAP, 1996). This has far

reaching implications not only for the way the enterprises are

reorganizaing themselves to meet the changing market demands but also

for the way the work is done keeping in view the aspects of cost, quality

and flexibility, and hence substantially, on the workers performance. One

of the critical elements in the context of globalization is international

competitiveness; and for achieving and maintaining international

competitiveness what is required is high productivity, of both men and

machine. The importance of workplace literacy in this context, therefore,

becomes self-evident.