Virginia's CTE Resource Center - Workplace Readiness Skills

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

Demonstrate an understanding of workplace organizations, systems, and climates.


Demonstration includes
  • identifying “big picture” issues (e.g., the organization’s structure, culture, policies, and procedures, as well as its role and status within the industry, economy, and community)
  • acknowledging the economic, political, and social relationships that exist at multiple levels (e.g., local, national, international) throughout the world
  • explaining one’s role in fulfilling the mission of the organization.

Process/Skill Questions

  • Why is it important to know where you fit into your family, your circle of friends, your school, and other groups or communities?
  • How do a company's vision and mission statements help you understand the big picture of the company's structure and organization? How does a knowledge of All Aspects of the Industry help?
  • How can a knowledge of the big picture of an industry help you with career planning?

Related Standards of Learning

History and Social Science


The student will demonstrate knowledge of the structure and operation of the United States economy by

  1. describing the types of business organizations and the role of entrepreneurship;
  2. explaining the circular flow that shows how consumers (households), businesses (producers), and markets interact;
  3. explaining how financial institutions channel funds from savers to borrowers;
  4. examining the relationship of Virginia and the United States to the global economy, with emphasis on the impact of technological innovations.


The student will demonstrate knowledge of the United States market economy by

  1. assessing the importance of entrepreneurship, the profit motive, and economic independence to the promotion of economic growth;
  2. comparing types of business organizations;
  3. describing the factors of production;
  4. explaining the interaction of supply and demand;
  5. illustrating the circular flow of economic activity;
  6. analyzing global economic trends and the relationship of Virginia and the United States to the global economy.


The student will demonstrate knowledge of economic, social, cultural, and political developments in recent decades and today by

  1. examining the role the United States Supreme Court has played in defining a constitutional right to privacy, affirming equal rights, and upholding the rule of law;
  2. analyzing the changing patterns of immigration, the reasons why new immigrants choose to come to this country, their contributions to contemporary America, and the debates over immigration policy;
  3. explaining the media influence on contemporary American culture and how scientific and technological advances affect the workplace, health care, and education;
  4. examining the impact of the “Reagan Revolution” on federalism, the role of government, and state and national elections since 1988;
  5. assessing the role of government actions that impact the economy;
  6. assessing the role of the United States in a world confronted by international terrorism.

Other Related Standards

Economics and Personal Finance Standards of Learning


The student will demonstrate knowledge that many factors affect income by
  1. examining the market value of a worker’s skills and knowledge;
  2. identifying the impact of human capital on production costs;
  3. explaining the relationship between a person’s own human capital and the resulting income potential; and
  4. describing how changes in supply and demand for goods and services affect income.

Instructional Resources for Workplace Readiness Skills

An Organization's Values

Communication Systems Advice

Corporate Sight

Entrepreneurship: Lesson on Goals and Mission Statements

How to Fit into Company Culture

Nevada WRS Online Resources: Organizations, Systems, and Climates

P21’s Civic Literacy List

Researching Companies

Systems Thinking

Telecommuting, Good or Bad?

The Power of Vision and Mission

Work Etiquette Basics