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Why Employers Should Support Adult Literacy

Updated: Dec 19, 2022


Adults who read are better employees. A study of more than 5,000 employees found that those who read for pleasure were 10% more likely to stay in their jobs than those who didn’t read for pleasure. Another study found that adults who read for pleasure were more engaged at work and more likely to be promoted than adults who didn’t read for pleasure. In fact, a recent report from the American Association of University Women shows that among college graduates, those who read for fun are twice as likely to have a paying job as those who don’t read for fun. This doesn’t just apply to high achievers.


Do you want your employees to stay on their job, be more engaged in their work, and be more promotable? Then you should be encouraging them to read. It is a simple solution to a more satisfied workforce. Encourage them to participate in book clubs and discussions. Identify struggling readers in your workforce and encourage them to get help to improve their reading skills. The Literacy Coalition provides a free and discrete way for adults to get help locally.

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