The workplace in 2016 is a different world from 2006. It can be claimed that some workplaces had too many employees. Yet today, we function with far fewer people. Soft skills, therefore, are much more important than ever as we require a diverse range of skills and flexibility. The delegation was once the exclusive preserve of the supervisor or manager. Today though, we all need to identify when we have too much work and encouraging others to help. Previously, and perhaps out of politeness, employees fear to ask for help. Bookboon has an effective solution to encouraging delegation…
A sound internal training and development scheme is important for every company if it wants to maintain an excellent workforce – and employees are usually grateful if you, the HR manager, or you, the people manager, offer them opportunities to develop their skills. However, there’s a catch… (more…)
We accept that meetings are a normal part of business life. They are necessary for communication, for directions and decision-making. Yet it seems we attend too many meetings. They run on too long and a growing consensus is that they are rather a waste of time. Does this describe your business? If so, you may need to think about how it conducts meetings. The meeting management skill is one of the soft skills for managers and decision makers.
You don’t want to stop holding meetings, but you do need to cut back and make them more efficient? Bookboon can help you achieve efficiency by helping you to improve your meeting skills. (more…)
More employees than ever before are working with people from different backgrounds. Today’s generation of employees is working with people of different nationalities, colours, and religious beliefs.
Sometimes, clashes happen based purely on these cultural differences. Arguably, tolerance and understanding of cultural differences are new soft skills for the modern age. It is clearly one that some workplaces lack. There is always room for improvement and Bookboon can help improve workplace cohesion when culture is a clash. (more…)
It seems that the office has become a stressful place for everyone. Now, more than ever, a business needs all of its employees to pull together to ensure the success of the company. The dog-eat-dog world of yesteryear is now counterproductive to growing your business. In its place is the soft skill mentoring. Senior and more experienced employees need to step out of the bubble of their own tasks and help others around them. (more…)
Albert Einstein once said “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new”. Making mistakes is how we grow as people, as businesses, and as a society. Yet we have become fearful of failure – either through mistakes or life’s curveballs. We expect to succeed – all the time. Subsequently, we fail to take the right lessons from mistakes and things not going our way. We are simply not resilient enough. But there is a solution to low resilience in the workplace… (more…)
The corporate eLearning landscape is finally picking up pace.
As electronic learning grew with the rise of the internet during the 90’s, so did the hope that soon we could all ‘tap into the Matrix’ and learn to speak Mandarin in 30 minutes. In reality, no matter how fast we innovate, it takes years before new and better applications are widely used or accepted. (more…)
Your company’s success depends on a skilled workforce – E-Learning is the key!
In a time where change and adaptation are key to growth, a company can only maintain its competitive edge if it continuously invests in the know-how of its employees, so they can keep on top of current market trends, best practices and technologies. E-learning solutions are a great help for HR managers struggling to stay ahead of the game despite sensitive budgets. (more…)
The importance of flexibility in business.
One buzzword became widespread after the economic downturn of 2008: downsizing. Redundancies meant that employees were asked to do the same amount of work as before, but with fewer colleagues. Because of this, employees with specific soft skills became even more vital to the employer.
Arguably, soft skills became more important than any technical skill or qualification. One we value today more than ever before is flexibility. Some employees may lack the initiative or confidence to learn new skills and become flexible in their work. That’s why there is a virtual solution to encourage employee development. (more…)