We all know that soft skills such as empathy, teamwork and interpersonal communication help deliver tangible results for business success. However, it is also arguable that productivity is, in itself, an important soft skill. But how do you as a business get the best out of your employees? How do you encourage your employees to improve their day-to-day performance? It may be difficult to quantify something so seemingly difficult to define, but you can do it with the carrot and without resorting to the stick. Bookboon has a solution and here, we show you how! (more…)
The stresses in the modern workplace are innumerable. We have undergone a fundamental shift in workplace culture in the last decade. Regardless of the causes, it is now a fact of life. It means more work for employees and more pressure for everybody from top to bottom. Unfortunately, more work and fewer staff leads to more stress. Today, the ability to cope with stress is vital in the workplace, but not everybody is able to adapt. Read on to find out how you can help your employees embrace difficulties and develop stress management. (more…)
Do your employees lack perceptiveness in understanding meaning? Misinterpreting what people say and how they say things can lead to a bad atmosphere. This situation is not good for effective teamwork and can negatively affect morale, job satisfaction, and performance. Perceptiveness is being lost as a core soft skill, but Bookboon has a solution available today. (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…)
There are a number of soft skills that are important in the 21st century workplace. Some, such as the soft skill self-confidence, you may not have considered as important. We all know what confidence is, but how many truly value it? What does it mean to have confidence in real terms? Are there measurable benefits? Yes, there are. Bookboon has a great solution to encourage confidence in your employees to make them feel better and become a great asset to your business. (more…)
The workplace can be a stressful place. Conflicts happen between managers and employees; it cannot be avoided. We also see conflict between employees, and between employees and clients/customers. This is only the human conflicts. A lack of ability to solve conflicts can negatively affect your business. That is why it is vital that you promote positive conflict resolution as a soft skill. There are tools you may use to promote good conflict resolution. The simplest is mediation or mindfulness practices, but you need a long-term solution. Bookboon can provide that.
Read this article to find out why the soft skill teamwork is vital for your company’s success.
There is not greater soft skill than teamwork. However, ask yourself whether your team is an actual team or whether it is a collection of individuals. Teamwork is vital for your company’s success. Although we cannot change people’s individual outlook, we can encourage them to pull together for the betterment of the team. There is a simple solution that won’t cause you headaches. (more…)
What is a “growth mindset”?
In the collection of soft skills required for the workplace, the growth mindset is probably low on your list. It may seem like meaningless “Business Speak”, but it’s not. It is about many things, not least of all capacity for personal development. We know how harnessing employee potential can be good for your business. We know just how equally important building their confidence can be. Mindsets can be an asset or a hindrance, but Bookbook has a great way of harnessing these skills. If you want your employees to break their fixed mindset, please read on. (more…)
Foster a “decision making” culture!
What soft skills do businesses most value? Is it empathy? Flexibility? Perhaps it is a “can do” attitude? What value do you place on decision-making? We all make decisions every day – in the workplace and at home.
Some people do not have the confidence to make the big decisions, feeling they will be blamed if it goes wrong. Many people simply want to get their heads down, do their work and go home. However, this approach can be damaging to your business. You need to encourage employees to think about the rewards as well as the risks. There is a simple solution to this. (more…)
Why and how you should develop the interpersonal skills of your employees.
There is a critical shortage in soft skills in businesses. One of the most important is interpersonal skills. The ability to communicate effectively, to listen, hear, speak and write is something lacking today. Poor communication can destroy any relationship, and this is just as true in the workplace as it is in a personal relationship. Take action now and your business can take advantage of an improved working environment. (more…)