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Why Employee Soft Skills Matter

Posted by HRDQ on 02/20/2019 to soft skills training
Employee Soft Skills

The Importance of Using Training Materials on Soft Skills

Soft skills are defined as a combination of personality traits, personal attitudes, people skills, social abilities, communications, and emotional and social intelligence. These skills don’t depend on traditional acquired knowledge – they are intangible yet extremely important in the workplace.

Soft skills define you as a person. The stronger your soft skills are, the more likely you are to get along with your coworkers and be a better teammate. These skills can be worked on and developed.

Some of the most important soft skills include:

  • A Strong Work Ethic. People with a strong work ethic tend to be more successful due to their perseverance and willingness to get the job done.
  • Being a Team Player. Team players make a more efficient workplace and help the workload move forward. If everyone pitches in, everyone wins.
  • A Positive Attitude. Employees who think positively make the workplace more pleasant for everyone else. They tackle tasks with willingness and optimism.
  • Good Time Management. Managing your own workload and time skills are crucial to a productive workplace. If everyone manages their time correctly time won’t be wasted.
  • Problem-Solving Skills. Being able to problem solve is important for solving small issues before they become big ones. Good problem-solving skills mitigate potential crises.
  • Handling Criticism. If you can handle constructive criticism well and improve on your issues, you will be able to grow as a professional. Everyone has room for improvement, and the best employees work on their personal skills that are lacking.
  • Great Communication Skills. Communication skills are extremely important; they allow people to work together more efficiently because they understand each other better.

Sometimes employees focus only on hard skills like knowing programs and procedures, and they aren’t aware that their soft skills are lacking. In this case, training materials on soft skills can be useful. HRDQ has Team Adventure Series games that help all team members grow their soft skillset.

These survival simulations show participants the importance of group process skills such as making decisions under pressure, and then the simulation helps them acquire those skills. Groupthink (seeking one decision without putting effort into discussing it) is the biggest stumbling block to effective decision making. These games allow participants to discuss alternative scenarios before making a decision; thus working on their problem-solving, communication, and critical thinking skills.

Learn more about one of our best selling Groupthink activities here:

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