When you picture the ideal candidate, how do you rank the skills they possess? Are hard skills, such as a certification in a specialized platform or the ability to analyze data, most important? What about soft skills, like communicating effectively, adaptability and stress management? A report by LinkedIn stated, “92 percent of talent professionals reported that soft skills are equally or more important to hire for than hard skills.” With technology changing how companies operate and how connected they are, soft skills in the workplace have become critical for long-term growth.
Keep reading for the benefits and the top three soft skills to develop.
Benefits of Soft Skills In The Workplace
Hard skills are much more quantifiable than soft skills. However, there are clear benefits when a company invests in soft skills training, such as:
When these elements are in place, employees perform at a higher level, which improves relationships with both coworkers and clients while enriching the dynamics of the office environment.
Training For Soft Skills In The Workplace
The good news is that soft skills are teachable. Forbes reported that companies who invested in training improved employee productivity and retention by 12 percent! That goes a long way to increasing a company’s overall profit. Moreover, a lot of this type of training is done online, which means employees have the opportunity to take many classes at a time as they would like.
At this time, you might be asking, “What soft skills training should we invest in?” For each company, it will be different, as businesses have their own operating model and values. For example, if employees have a high level of interactions with clients, focus on developing listening and conflict resolution skills. If employees spend most of the time working independently, make adapting to change and decision making a priority.
Take the time to analyze your work culture and team to determine the best ways to invest money and time. To begin, here are three essential soft skills in the workplace.
Employees need to develop excellent listening skills, especially leaders and managers. A good listener is more apt to understand the intricacies of an issue, the feelings behind it, the potential problems that might arise and how to best navigate a course of action.
2. Stress Management
Every work environment has stressors; The American Institute of Stress notes, “40 percent of workers reported their job was very or extremely stressful.” When employees are better equipped to handle work stress it improves their lives, their performance and the work environment while reducing the company’s mental health costs.
Good communication skills enhance internal as well as external relationships and improve team building. For those looking to advance in their position, it can make or break a career move. Overall, effective communication is fundamental to developing a collaborative team and the long-term success of a company.
For more information, Udemy has a list of ten soft skills in the workplace that will benefit employees at all levels.
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