Develop Your Soft Skills to be Better at Work!
It is already quite known that Singaporeans are among the hardest working in the world. That should have a lot to do with our attitude towards our job and work environment. Attitude, if you think about it, is actually a soft skill. But what exactly are these soft skills we’re talking about? Continue reading to find out what soft skills really are and how they can help you become better at work.
Hard Skills and Soft Skills
To easily understand what exactly soft skills are, you ought to know how they compared to hard skills. Hard skills are basically the technical skills that you need to have to perform well in a job. That can be knowing how to make documents, computer programming, knowledge on vocational activities and etc. In essence, they are job-specific skills.
Soft skills, on the other hand, are non-technical or transferable skills. While hard skills are taught and learned quite easily, soft skills rely more on being able to “read” or empathize with people hence they can be harder to pick up. Some examples would be confidence, teamwork, communication, and the like.
Enhance Your Soft Skills
Probably one of the more important skills to develop is your ability to communicate. This is simply because we are always communicating with people at work. You need to be clear when making reports, communicating your ideas and opinions, or even just in casual conversation. This will help you avoid misunderstandings and cultivate a good working environment overall. Practicing your eye contact and use of gestures and body language can be a good way to get better at communicating.
Another important skill employers commonly look for is a person’s ability to work in a team. Teamwork is important because it determines how well you can work in a team and it leads you to have common goals with your peers. Plus, you’ll finish a lot more work if you are able to deliberate tasks fairly. One way you can improve in working with a team is to accept others’ opinions. You’ll be able to find and utilize each persons’ strengths while also covering for their weaknesses.
Leadership can be quite a hard skill to develop since it is mainly a combination of many soft skills already. First of all, you’ll have to be a good role model for others. You’ll also have to know how to communicate your influence while still be approachable and helpful to others. You’ll also need to have the ability to make decisions without bias and even anticipate the benefits and consequences of these decisions. Although not everyone chooses to take the role of the leader, it would be good to at least enhance your leadership skills from time to time.