10 ESSENTIAL SOFT SKILLS FOR WORKPLACE PRODUCTIVITY
- April 2, 2018
- Posted by: Gloria
- Category: Uncategorized
Soft skills are fast becoming game-changers for professionals who want to stay on top of their careers. To increase workplace productivity, a strong combination of soft (people skills) and hard (technical/vocational) skills are required. If you must cope in the 21st-century workplace, you cannot opt out of a chance to learn and improve your soft skills which are easily transferable from one job or industry to another. Below are ten essential soft skills to upscale workplace productivity.
Effective communication remains on top of the career rung because it cuts across every job irrespective of the description. Every forward-looking career person must master the art of effective communication both written and oral to ease the process of communicating feelings, opinions or ideas to foster peace and unity. Miscommunicated ideas will not fly and miscommunicated opinions or feedback may breed conflict.
Being able to work independently is as important as being a functional member of a team. It requires the ability to collaborate with co-workers to successfully execute assigned tasks.
Being flexible and adapting to changes that are bound to occur in the workplace. An organization that needs to improve productivity will always look out for better ways of carrying out tasks, adapt and try out new methods or changes in technology and the ability of the workers to keep up with these changes determines their success or failure.
The 21st-century workplace requires every worker to train him/herself to think innovatively, to be able to analyze challenges, problem-solve, devise new ideas and solutions. No employer wants to hear negative words like ‘I can’t, or I don’t know how to…’
Workplace ethics such as being punctual, confidentiality, honesty, trustworthiness, professionalism, and time management, etc. are essential for workplace productivity. These are softcore skills that hinge on character traits and habits formed over time.
This is not an exclusive reserve for sales roles. Being able to persuade or influence cuts across every job as it involves the ability to motivate, facilitate, or even pitch new ideas or proposal that can spin positive changes in the workplace.
This involves being able to stay on top of situations, taking note of things that need to be done and doing them without necessarily waiting for instructions. Proactive workers are usually more productive, reliable, can work with little or no supervision and generally perform better.
This involves being able to take on as many tasks as possible and efficiently without jeopardizing the quality of output or crumbling under pressure. Yes, there is a limit to what everyone can handle at a time but being able to coordinate between two or three tasks at a time is a soft skill that sets an employee apart from success.
Staying organized helps you keep track of your activities, meet deadlines and have a clear picture of your responsibilities and how it contributes to overall workplace success. This clarity fosters productivity.
Demonstrating understanding, respect and emotional intelligence in your relations with co-workers.