How important are soft skills in today’s job market?
New research from several online education companies indicates “soft skills,” such as a good attitude, a willingness to learn and a strong work ethic are just as important, if not more than the sets mentioned above.
According to Business Daily News, three of the most important skills to have are:
- Management: Workers with a passion for taking charge and teaching are crucial in a work environment. Hiring those that want to move up the ranks can increase employee retention as well as overall skills a company has.
- Personal: Employers want workers that are flexible, creative and know how to make good decisions. A drive for perfection, or close to it, in their social lives could be a crossover of skills into work lives as well.
- Work ethic: Employers want a workforce with a strong drive to be involved in the business and increase overall production.
These skills aren’t necessarily taught outright in any classroom, but can be seen in day-to-day activities, afterschool jobs and internship opportunities. Hard skills related to a field such as pertinent changes and adaptations can always change, but soft skills usually remain the same as well as necessary for an optimal workforce.
If your workforce needs a soft skills refresher or training session, try one or a few of Mastery’s easy-to-use online learning courses. Courses on interpersonal communication, ethics, leadership, and teamwork are just a few of many offered on our website.
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