On an average, out of 100 per cent eligibility/performance criteria of a company for a job or promotion, only up to 25 per cent comprises the technical skills and the experience whereas the remaining 75 per cent comprises of the soft skills like leadership skills, decision-making skills, team work, strategic thinking etc. In Canada, only 33 per cent of employees are possessing the required soft skills for the job according to the senior executives whereas the remaining 67 per cent are lacking those skills and this is not so different in remaining part of the world. This is mainly due to the lack of the soft skills trainings which is very important for an employee or a student to compete with the growing competition.
The soft skills trainings help to improve the personal attributes of the people who enhance the person’s job performance, individual interactions and the career prospects.
For example there are many speeches given by different public speakers which are extremely good but the speeches that gain our attention are very few. The main reason for this is their soft skills and the kind of training they have on the soft skills.
Soft skills trainings help accompany hard skills which help the organization to use the technical expertise to the full advantage. The dynamics in the work company are very important and cannot be ignored which include the acts like presentation ideas, listening, honest work environment, resolving conflict etc. These might be existing in most of the employees but can be developed to the maximum only through the soft skills trainings. These skills not only help in developing themselves but in the overall development of the organization.
Some of the most important skills obtained through soft skills trainings are communication skills, work ethics, decision making, problem solving and teamwork etc.
Communication Skills are the most important type of soft skills an employee should possess. These can be improved only with the right training and practice. These skills are very in every organization for the purpose of speaking and as well as written. These can be acquired only through proper training.
Work Ethics should be possessed by every employee for the long term sustenance of any organization which is very difficult to quantify and is typically displayed by employees. This can be developed through loyalty by giving bonuses or the incentives but it will not last longer. This is an inborn ability and can only be developed through motivation and proper training.
Problem Solving is necessary for making quick decisions during times of difficulties and lack of these skills can make a simple problem to look bigger than it really is. This is the most important skill to be possessed by a manager because he is the person responsible for the working of the employees under him. These skills can be developed through the case study methods of trainings.
Teamwork is the skill to be possessed by any employee for a project to be successful and to increase the productivity of the organization. We may not possess the right kind of team mates in the group but it is the ability of the person to adjust to the situation and develop his skills. These skills can be well improved by training sessions like the team building exercises.
The soft skills trainings are as important as the hard skills trainings because the hard skills might get you to an interview but it is ultimately the soft skills that lead you through the interview and in the organization you work.