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Employers’ top training priority for 2019? Soft skills

What are soft skills and why do they matter?

Soft skills are also known as people skills (e.g. communication, leadership, and collaboration). Soft skills have grown increasingly important since they cannot be replicated or performed via artificial intelligence.

In fact, LinkedIn Learning editor Paul Petrone wrote in a blog post that 57% of senior leaders on the platform today say soft skills are more critical to their businesses than hard (or technical) skills.

The soft skills employers are looking for

LinkedIn recently published its annual “Top Skills” list—ranked and defined by LinkedIn—based on internal data from the professional social network.

These are the top 5 soft skills as per LinkedIn:

  1. Creativity: While robots are great at optimizing old ideas, organizations most need creative employees who can conceive solutions.
  2. Persuasion: Having a great product, a great platform or a great concept is one thing, but the key is persuading people to buy into it.
  3. Collaboration: As projects grow increasingly more complex and global in the age of AI, effective collaboration only grows more important.
  4. Adaptability: An adaptable mind is an essential tool for navigating today’s ever-changing world, as yesterday’s solutions won’t solve tomorrow’s problems.
  5. Time Management: A timeless skill, mastering time management today will serve you the rest of your career.

Why soft skills training should be a priority

The good news is that soft skills are completely learnable, and employers are beginning to recognize soft skills as foundational to creating strong employees, teams, leaders, and organizations.

A study from Boston College, Harvard University, and the University of Michigan found that soft skills training boosts productivity and retention by 12% and delivers a 250% return on investment due to higher productivity and retention.

Soft skills training is a worthy investment for any organization. Contact us if you’re looking to incorporate this into your learning strategies, effectively.

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