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Stop wasting money, stop ignoring soft skills

Soft skills trainingLearning and development managers are recognising soft skills as the number one learning priority for 2018.(1) But are businesses aware of the urgency?  (more…)

Learning at work week: Are graduates’ soft skills an employer’s responsibility?

What are the key skills that graduates are lacking according to their first bosses? Two years ago Payscale conducted a survey among nearly 64,000 managers and over 14,000 recent graduates to find out.*   (more…)

Are your employees leaving due to a lack of training opportunities?

New research suggests that the majority of UK employees (63%) would switch employers if only they got more training opportunities.* That is a staggering number. Combine this with the fact that the average UK employee has gone two years without training and over 10% more than four years, this is revealing a big problem in the job market.

Employees realise (and experience) the impact of insufficient training themselves. Over 40% say they’re less productive due to the lack of training and over a quarter are worried this is impacting their career progression.

 

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Are soft skills the new STEM?

The last few decades have seen many organisations call out for more investment into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) skills as a crucial backbone for the economy. While STEM skills are still increasingly a necessity, some businesses might underestimate the importance of soft skills. (more…)

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Face-to-Face Communication

Most salespeople would agree face-to-face meetings are the most effective way to make a sale. It’s a tactic that has proven itself over decades and not even digital communications have been able to change that. Are face-to-face meeting really that effective, and are there any downsides?  (more…)

What are soft skills?

A question we get asked quite regularly is “What are soft skills?”. Soft skills are the personal character traits or qualities each of us has. They make us who we are, generally encompassing our attitudes, habits and how we interact with other people.

They refer to abilities that make people better employees and open doors for many opportunities that are not directly related to the subject matter of their jobs.

In other words, soft skills refer to a person’s ability to relate to others, to get him/her and others organised, to communicate in written, spoken or other forms. 
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How to convince management of the importance of soft skills

Most Learning & Development managers are well aware of the importance of soft skills for the success of a business, but it can sometimes be a real struggle to convince top management to invest in essential training.

Here are a few tips to get your leadership on board. (more…)

Successful Training and Development

Training sessions are aiming at maximizing employee potential at work. There are a couple key points that you will want to consider in order to prepare a successful training session. Learn more by reading the following article!  (more…)

5 Practices to ensure you’re using the right body language

Body language is a nonverbal flow of communication that is constant and ever present. Without saying a word your body language can reveal what you are thinking and feeling. Learn more about it by reading this article. (more…)

Authentic Leadership: Discover the Secret of Happy and Effective Leaders

Authentic leadership is much more than another leadership style – after all what is leadership if it is not the ability to inspire others to follow you? Authentic leadership is about being true to yourself and bringing your true you to your leadership role. It offers the possibility of being both a fulfilled and effective leader.
 
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