Did you know that a whopping 83% of organizations face a skills gap in their workforce? That’s according to a recent survey from the Association for Talent Development, which also reported that 78% of employers said they expect to face skills-related issues in the future.
You may be wondering what kind of skills these employers are missing. It’s widely reported that the U.S. workforce is lacking in tech skills, so I wondered if that’s what had the surveyed employers worried. As it turns out, the data revealed another concern entirely. According to ATD, employers are concerned about skills gaps in areas like leadership, critical thinking, problem solving and communication.
These capacities all belong to a family of abilities that employers like to refer to as soft skills. As the ATD report highlighted, employers are quite concerned about their workers’ abilities — or lack thereof — in this area. But there’s good reason to hope: Where soft skills are down, they can be built up. Below, I’ll answer three frequently asked questions concerning soft skills, including how organizations can upgrade their soft skills until they’re downright confident.