Not just a response to the ‘new normal’, there has been a steady shift towards communication and collaborative skills in the workplace.
A recent LinkedIn poll by Forbes regular Bernard Marr found that the ability to communicate and collaborate now sits as the most appreciated skill by employers, with HR professionals citing poor communication as the cause of more failures in the workplace than people realise.
Ultimately, HR professionals know all too well the impact poor communication skills can have on morale, productivity, and staff turnover – an all-important consideration during ‘the great resignation’.
The number of hurdles to communication, collaboration and other much sought-after skills such as resilience have only been exacerbated with the advent of Covid-19 causing numerous lockdown and work-from-home policies worldwide.
The ‘new’, new normal?
The demand for soft skills such as communication is not a new thing. In 2016, Harvard Business Review released a report focusing on the pace and impact of digital transformation. Even during this period of technical change, their research showed that technical (hard) skills were far below the top three sought-after skills:
- Ability to adapt to change
- Customer-focused problem solving
- Ability to communicate and collaborate
Whilst technical skills are as important as ever, companies realise the importance of empowering employees with communication and collaboration skills to overcome the challenges of our modern working world.
Meeting the growing demand
Our recent article Cultivating Strong Culture in the Workplace highlights the benefits of communication and collaboration and provides even more tips on how to make the most out of a collaborative and communicative workforce.
The Method’s three-stage process helps clients consciously, instantly, consistently embody their best, “high performing self” to deliver more impact and value… any day, every day.
This was a wonderful, engaging and enjoyable experience. I felt comfortable from start to finish and that was purely down to the trainer and his approach. I felt I wanted to get involved, share my views, both good and bad, as the environment created was one of trust, openness and friendliness.Paul, Strategic Account Manager
If you would like more advice and support with developing these in-demand skills within your workforce, we’d love to hear from you.
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