Regardless of how long you’ve been in paid work, your age, or how long you’ve been at a company, soft skills are important for all levels of employees. You might find that you apply some of these skills differently or that you use one of them a lot more day-to-day, and this might be because of your role or the working experience you have. But regardless, there will still be certain soft skills that people have to consciously work on a bit more than others or some that come a lot more naturally.
Those in leadership roles, or looking to be promoted into leadership roles might want to possess or develop these soft skills:
- Active Listening
- Communication skills
- Teamwork skills
- Time management
- Motivational skills
- Conflict resolution
And so many more!
Leaders can come in many forms - team leaders, managers, supervisors and business owners.
In order to have a productive and well-performing team, a leader needs to possess many of the skills listed above, but a key trait that’s sought after in leaders is someone that can inspire and motivate a team. Organisational skills and people management are core parts of being a leader too. Hard skills might be required as part of a job role in some positions, but with the increase in demand for people to have well developed soft skills, employers might be more inclined to hire a manager that is able to inspire their team every day over someone who has an extra qualification to their name because they would be able to utilise the skills of their team.
A study found 93% of employers said that Soft Skills are either an “essential” or “very important” factor in hiring decisions.
Young employees, or those who might be new to full time paid employment, will also require a strong set of soft skills. The most important aspect of soft skills for young people is that they are transferable. Regardless of what job or industry they have been developed in, you could easily apply them across a multitude of job roles.
In fact, with 92% of talent acquisition professionals reporting that soft skills are equally or more important to hire for than hard skills (LinkedIn’s Global Talent Trends), it’s now equally as important for young people to develop these skills with equal importance to hard skills.
Young employees might want to think about developing these skills…
- Creative and/or critical thinking
- Time Management
- Communication skills
- Worth ethic
- Interpersonal skills
- Emotional intelligence
- Listening skills
- Observational skills
- Relationship building
And again… many more!
As soft skills are becoming more and more a part of hiring decisions, it’s important to develop these skills as early into employees careers as they can. If a young employee takes an interview for a job, being able to have a reference that can advocate for their work experience including their well-developed soft skills might be the difference between them getting hired or not.
Job role or level aside, soft skills are beneficial for any employee and with their increase in popularity due to employers wanting to invest more into their employees as individuals, people without them will slowly begin to stand out more for the wrong reasons!
Training for young employees and those in leadership positions
Our growing library of soft skills is the perfect starting point for your employees to start developing their soft skills.
Our Workplace training and skills for young adults bundle allows you to provide your young employees with the skills they need to thrive. You can also find out more about the Kickstart Scheme here too. Young employees can learn more about building their confidence, managing their time and building their resilience in the workplace.
And for those in leadership roles, our Leadership training courses bundle is a greeting starting point to really evolve the skills of a great leader. With courses for helping to resolve conflict, solve problems and manage both your and your team’s time, this bundle is a great starting point.