Advancing technologies influence the workplace climate and shift the perspective in favor of innovative and transparent corporate culture. As we move forward towards the fourth industrial revolution, we as professionals need to keep up with changes happening in the workplace and learn new skills to remain employable, writes Eliza Medley, HR manager, Self-employed.
Check out these 5 essential skills to keep your job in the coming decade:
Employees of the 21st century are expected to deliver not only productive but also creative solutions. The creative approach comes from the notion that each of us has a unique perspective worth to be embraced and shared with others. The ability to think outside the box is so much precious to employers because that’s what keeps their companies away from stagnation.
Every professional can be creative in the work they do. Yet generating creativity can be challenging. Remember that creativity is rather a train than a genetic gift. If you want to nurture your creative self, you have to be open-minded and always keep learning. Since robots cannot yet be creative and imaginative, the ability to produce innovative solutions is vital in the modern work environment.
Social or interpersonal skills are the skills we use to communicate and interact with each other. As businesses become more globalized and diverse, we need to improve our communication skills to negotiate more effectively. Many companies develop and employ communication strategies to adopt flexibility in changing circumstances.
Modern corporate culture is all about the ability to be a good team player. Collaboration enhances innovation. And since we all have different backgrounds and experiences, individuals working in a team can generate more creative and innovative ideas. But to do that, we first have to learn how to effectively communicate our ideas. You can improve your social skills by keeping your social networks active, learning to listen to others’ stories and having a small talk with your co-workers. When you become comfortable with working in a team, coordinate with others and seek out feedback to grow as a professional.
Modern corporate culture assumes that each employee can make good judgment calls. Any decision must be made in the best interest of a company and with the best intentions. There is no room for snap decisions and all-important business decisions must be carefully reviewed and approved by more competent co-workers. Most of the time, decision-making is a part of a teamwork process. The ability to make good decisions takes a team that is on the same page and has the best intentions in mind.
If you want to improve your decision-making, start by getting comfortable with data and numbers. It will help you to accelerate and improve complex problem-solving. Also, trust and exercise independent judgment and work on generation ideas.
Critical thinking skills
Critical thinking implies the evaluation of facts and unbiased analysis of information. Critical thinking is all about logic and reasoning. Companies favor critical thinkers because they are able to consider different points of view and evaluate information while staying objective and unbiased. Effective critical thinkers can diagnose problems and resolve difficulties occurring in the work environment.
You can learn and sharpen critical thinking skills over time and practice. Exercise not to be prejudiced by setting aside your own opinion and feelings. Ask relevant, clear questions and consider different points of view to find the truth. Always consider various possible solutions to one problem. Surround yourself with new credible sources of information and learn from them.
Cultural awareness and sensitivity
Building a diverse community is a new standard for building a company’s reputation, increasing productivity and profitability by providing opportunities for a diversity of people. Companies develop and employ diversity and inclusion strategies and start building communities that encourage diversity. Management puts a lot of effort into promoting cultural awareness and improving the cultural literacy skills of their employees.
Each cultural group or minority has a unique perspective and experiences that can benefit the larger community. All employees in 2020 have to learn how to get along with those who are different from them. You can start by educating yourself on the issues people of color, women, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+, and other minorities. Exploring more and collaborating with people whose experiences differ from yours creates room for cultural competence and creativity.
2020 is just around the corner and companies’ managements are becoming pickier in choosing employees. The modern work environment requires not only the ability to follow instructions but also to approach tasks creatively. You are more likely to keep your job if you build up creativity, communication, decision-making, and critical thinking skills. Always remember that many original ideas are generated by only one person but it takes a team to polish them into innovation.