Skilling Me Softly: a foundation for greater learning
By training employees in "soft skills," employers get high ROI and learners get motivation for more.
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Observation

CareerBuilder found 77% of employers believe that soft skills are as important as “hard” or “technical” skills in the workplace.

Soft skills are personal attributes, portable, and useful to succeed in ANY workplace. These include clear communication, critical thinking, time management, teamwork, openness to innovation, and more.

Soft skills are important for ALL workers, white or blue collar, and for ALL management. Remember, often people don't quit jobs, they quit their bosses!

Conclusion

People might enter the workforce with technical or hard skills acquired from their vocational training or college/University education, but very often that prior training or experience has not focused on building up their Soft Skills.

Soft Skills development will tie in with self-awareness and emotional intelligence, i.e. “the ability to recognize and understand your moods, emotions, and drives, as well as their effect on others.” (Daniel Goleman)

Solution

A set of self-paced trainings in SOFT SKILLS, with focus on clear communication, critical thinking, time management, teamwork, emotional intelligence, empathy, etc.

Training will be a hybrid of self-paced online modules and in-person sessions led by insider and outsider professionals. This gives the benefit of outside perspective as well as insider relevance.

Trainees complete follow-up surveys, and get "pass it on" lottery tickets that they can give out to other not-yet-enrolled employees.

How would you stage or advertise your hack?

A lottery to give interested employees a chance to enroll in the training focused on soft skills. And "pass it on (give away only)" lottery tickets that managers and employees can give away to each other, as a means to suggest that they too should take advantage of the training lottery.

The trainees and their supervisory staff/managers complete surveys at different time points post-training, and the results are shared with the employee pool to prove that the training is facilitating better interpersonal communication, more productive relationships and results at work. These surveys will also reveal that the self-awareness and emotional intelligence developed through the soft skills training is further motivating employees to seek other learning actively at work. Thus, the soft skills training is forming a foundation for subsequent active learning.