According to a survey conducted by The Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), 97% of employers surveyed said that soft skills were either as important or more important than hard skills.
Apparently, a greater emphasis on soft skills correlates with most companies continuing to operate in a remote work environment.
Soft skills are broadly classified as a combination of personality traits, behaviors, and social attitudes that allow people to communicate effectively, collaborate, and successfully manage conflict.
Unlike “hard” skills, which often describe a candidate’s technical abilities, soft skills include any skills developed beyond your technical competencies and intellectual knowledge.
While there are an abundance of soft skills worth noting, a top soft skill that hiring managers are looking for in 2021 is time management. Many employers were forced to take a leap of faith with their employees moving to a partial or fully remote work environment in 2020.
With lockdowns, stay-at-home orders, school closures, and child care center shutdowns, the typical 9 to 5 quickly became difficult to manage and employees were forced to navigate a flexible schedule and face the challenge of time management head-on.
Consequently, in 2021, employers place much more importance on seeking individuals who can adequately manage their time to complete tasks efficiently and effectively without the natural structure of an office environment to support them.
Want to learn more? Tonex offers 17 Soft Skills Training courses designed to teach participants interpersonal skills, such as how to handle anxiety and pressure, which often comes from the expectations others have from you including your supervisors, colleagues, team-mates and even your employees.
The courses also touch on various fields of leadership such as time management, project management, negotiation, conflict management and even managing difficult people.
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