According to an article titled, “Quantifying The Value Of ‘Soft Skills’”, Great Britain is noticing a lack of soft skills in the workforce. The findings of economic research commissioned at the start of 2015 tell us that the industries being most affected include; accommodation, food services, retail, and healthcare.
Research findings tell us that “97% of employers say they believed that soft skills were important to their current business success, while more than half said skills like communication and teamwork were more important than academic results. Yet three-quarters of them believed there was a ‘gap’ of such skills in the UK workforce.”
A new initiative has begun in Great Britain to gauge the advancement and enhancement of soft skills in the workplace. This business movement has been jointly led by James Caan, CEO of the investment firm Hamilton Bradshaw, whom, at the launch of the initiative said; “Soft skills matter – to individuals, to businesses, and to the wider UK economy. Part of the success in my journey wasn’t about my qualifications or experience, but it was the value I gave to soft skills that helped me get to where I am today.”
Many senior business leaders are jumping on board this initiative, supporting and demonstrating the need for soft skills through Twitter #BackingSoftSkills.
As featured in the article, Neil Carberry, the director for employment and skills at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) at its launch says, “Business is clear that developing the right attributes in people – such as resilience, respect, enthusiasm and creativity – is just as important as academic or technical skills.”
TRACOM has conducted numerous research studied to document the impact of soft skills among the general workplace as well as with specific audiences including salespeople and managers. Our suite of Social Intelligence models and training programs measure and develop skills for Behavioral Style, Emotional Intelligence and Mindset. By focusing on these three elements, each person can learn to thrive in the workplace, even in the face of rapid technological shifts and organizational changes.
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