Now that the new year has arrived you’re ready to get to work on self-improvement. You probably have a list of hard skills — i.e., teachable abilities that are easy to measure — you’d like to polish this year but you also want to focus on soft skills.
These non-technical skills can’t be quantified but they have a huge impact on how you work with others. Being aware of your soft skills and having the desire to constantly polish them will help you become the kind of employee and co-worker people want to be around.
The four abilities below are a must to succeed in any workplace so make sure they’re on your list for continued improvement this year.
4 Soft Skills to Work on in 2021
Working with others isn’t always easy. It’s perfectly normal to sometimes feel frustrated with your colleagues or overwhelmed by a heavy workload but you have to know how to manage your emotions. For example, instead of snapping at a co-worker during a meeting a person with a high level of emotional intelligence would take them aside privately afterward for a calm discussion.
In life and in business, plans change frequently, so you need the ability to remain flexible. Whether you’re asked to change course on a project you’ve been working on for a while or learn a new software program, it’s important to be able to embrace change — sometimes with little or no notice. This can be a big adjustment at first but just go with it instead of overthinking.
You were hired to do a certain job but ultimately, you’re part of a team. This means you need the ability to collaborate with others and pitch in wherever you’re needed. Sometimes this will involve compromise and the need to complete tasks that don’t fit into your job description. Ease the frustration you might feel in the moment by remembering that your actions benefit the greater good.
When you’re speaking, you expect the other person to give you the floor. Not only that — you want them to really hear what you’re saying and respond appropriately. Other people deserve the same respect, so be honest with yourself about your current listening abilities.
If you regularly interrupt others or don’t take what they’re saying to heart, start working toward becoming an active listener. This involves not interrupting, summarizing back what’s said to you, and displaying body language that shows understanding — i.e., maintaining eye contact and nodding your head.
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