Training for Soft Skills: An Investment Worth Making

Employers all over the world are on the hunt for employees who possess unique and valuable skills: leadership, communication, organizational ability, and teamwork are just a few of the many skills that frequently show up on job applicants’ resumes and LinkedIn profiles.

Today, technical skills like programming, engineering, and data analysis seem to dominate the job-search conversation. We have been told that these are the skills you need to succeed in your career, which is no surprise given that all of the top 15 highest paying college degrees are in the fields of either engineering or computer science. But technical skills alone are not sufficient to attain success in any work environment. Even the most technically skilled programmer won’t get far without the interpersonal skills required to communicate her ideas effectively and collaborate with others. Successful workers must be able to manage time, articulate objectives, and work well with one another, all of which require interpersonal skills that no technical course can provide.

Unfortunately, the recent emphasis on hard skills over soft skills has led to a population of job seekers who may excel at technical tasks while struggling with interpersonal responsibilities. Millennials, in particular, perceive hard skills to be more important and valuable than soft skills, but this notion doesn’t accurately reflect what employers actually desire.

Across the board, employers are seeking out workers who demonstrate strong problem-solving skills, leadership, and teamwork. Perfecting these traits requires a lot of time and extensive experience, but the road to perfection has to start somewhere, and there’s no better place to begin than with a soft skills elearning course.

 

Here are just a few of the many benefits of elearning for soft skills:

  • Fill the soft skills gap: the most obvious benefit but still worth noting- soft skills training allows new hires gain the interpersonal skills required to match the technical skills that they already possess.

  • Shape company culture and values: companies can promote unique messages and values through their training course selection. Specific course material as well as overall course tone can help to solidify a company’s individual culture.

  • Cultivate consistency: soft skills elearning courses make it simple to implement a consistent company-wide customer service strategy. Employees who have all completed the same training program will have a better understanding of how best to approach a variety of difficult situations.

Check out OpenSesame’s Business Skills course list for a wide range of soft skill training options including courses in leadership, team building, and time management.