Developing soft skills in your company?

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Developing soft skills in your company?

Jonathan Wanty

Soft skills are beco­ming impor­tant com­pe­ten­cies within com­pa­nies that have an inter­est in rai­sing awa­re­ness and trai­ning their employees to enable them to evolve in their envi­ron­ment. In this article, we come back to the concept of soft skills, why they are so popu­lar and how to train your employees.

What are soft skills?

Soft skills are per­so­nal and inter­per­so­nal qua­li­ties that play an impor­tant role in a com­pa­ny. Thanks to soft skills, employees can bet­ter unders­tand the pro­fes­sio­nal envi­ron­ment around them.

Soft skills to have in a company

To give you an idea of the dif­ferent soft skills that are present in com­pa­nies, Jérôme Hoa­rau and Julien Bou­ret, authors of the book Le réflexe soft skills, les com­pé­tences des lea­ders de demain (The soft skills reflex, the skills of tomor­row’s lea­ders), have iden­ti­fied 15 soft skills to be mas­te­red by 2020.Problem solving

  1. Confi­dence
  2. Emo­tio­nal intelligence.
  3. Empa­thy
  4. Com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills
  5. Time mana­ge­ment
  6. Stress mana­ge­ment
  7. Crea­ti­vi­ty
  8. Entre­pre­neu­rial spirit
  9. Bold­ness
  10. Moti­va­tion
  11. Vision, visua­li­za­tion
  12. Pre­sence
  13. Sense of teamwork
  14. Curio­si­ty

How to train your employees in soft skills?

If most of these skills are inter­per­so­nal and intui­tive, it is pos­sible to deve­lop them. There are three ways to help your employees deve­lop these new skills.

  • The trai­ning

Trai­ning courses allow you to deve­lop cer­tain soft skills such as crea­ti­vi­ty and time mana­ge­ment. E‑learning courses will allow you to intro­duce these skills pro­gres­si­ve­ly on a dai­ly basis. Solu­nea can assist you in the deve­lop­ment of your cus­to­mi­zed soft skills trai­ning. Depen­ding on the spe­ci­fic needs of your com­pa­ny and your employees, Solu­nea will create a per­fect­ly adap­ted trai­ning pro­gram. Tha­leia can also help you create your own soft skills training.

  • Coa­ching

Cor­po­rate coa­ching also works very well for the deve­lop­ment of soft skills. After an ana­ly­sis of the needs of your employees concer­ning soft skills, coa­ching ses­sions will allow you to work on key com­pe­ten­cies in a col­lec­tive or indi­vi­dual way.

  • Prac­ti­cal workshops

Put­ting into prac­tice the notions seen during the e‑learning courses or the coa­ching ses­sions is the stage that per­fect­ly concludes the deve­lop­ment of soft skills in a com­pa­ny. During these work­shops, you can bring your teams toge­ther to par­ti­ci­pate in role-playing games which concern, for example, empa­thy, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, team spi­rit, etc. You can also set up a real pro­ject that will require the use of all these skills such as the crea­tion of a micro-busi­ness (fic­ti­tious or real) within the com­pa­ny in order to mobi­lize all the soft skills men­tio­ned above.

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