When most companies decide things like hiring, promotions, and other advancements, education and work experience are usually the deciding factors. Not a good choice, according to a new study* released by the British Psychological Society.
The Bad News
Why shouldn’t we rely on college education or work experience for these issues? Because neither university study nor work experience prepare an employee for the soft skills necessary to perform at the highest level with other coworkers.
What Are Soft Skills?
Soft skills are “a cluster of personality traits, social graces, communication, language, personal habits, friendliness, and optimism that characterize relationships with other people,” according to Wikipedia. Basically, they are skills that all of us need to cooperate and function well in a work environment and a team.
Several of the most important abilities are to effectively:
- be flexible
- work in a team
- think critically
- make good decisions
These are the skills that move good companies to great companies by not only improving the bottom line, but also making the work environment more positive. This leads to more productivity and lower employee turnover rates.
The Good News
If you can’t learn these skills at college or by getting work experience, how can you learn these things?
I am so glad you asked! This is where your company’s HR department and consultants like me come in. The truth is that these skills can be taught and employees can develop these abilities with training.
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- take your company to the next level,
- help your employees to perform better and feel better,
- decrease employee turnover, and
- create a better work environment
Visit our website to see how we can help you! Besides, it’s cheaper than a college education and faster than gaining work experience.
*British Psychological Society (BPS). “University or University of Life?