WHY SOFT SKILLS?

Often employers tell me that they want people with good soft skills such as team work, collaboration and communication. Moreover, often they feel that these are more important than technical skills and experience. They are not alone. The demand for people with soft skills, also called non-cognitive skills, and which include social skills, has increased by 12% in the US and is reflected in higher wages.

The reason soft skills are important is that they are good predictors of success in the work place. Managers that rank high in non-cognitive skills facilitate work and increase productivity because, among other, they understand others and are flexible. https://data.nber.org/reporter/2017number4/deming.html

This is particularly important in agriculture because the industry is undergoing a transformation in the technology and HR space. Hiring, retaining and promoting managers and staff that show high level of non-cognitive skills is key to the organization’s success because they are able adapt to changing circumstances and assume different roles.

If you would like to know how to identify these types of people before or after hiring, please, contact me, lauralazo@careersinagricultureandfood.ca

WHY SOFT SKILLS?