What skills are most important in the eyes of employers?
If you’re a recent college graduate looking to break into any kind of industry, pay attention. Employers are becoming more stringent in their expectations of how workers can stand out during the application process, as well as during the first few weeks on the job.
According to a recent study conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers Job Outlook 2016 published in Time Magazine:
- 79 percent of employers said they want perspective employees to be team players
- 80 percent said they look for early signs of leadership skills
- 70 percent indicated written communication skills are vital
- 70 percent said verbal communication skills are essential
- 69 percent said a strong work ethic is most important
As of now, employers plan to hire 11 percent more college graduates from the next class than compared to the previous year.
Communication is one of the most important facets of an organization, both between employees, as well as between customers and business partners. What are some of the benefits of active listening and communication?
With better communication comes a better understanding of issues, practices and other situations that may arise. A more thorough understanding of complaints, inquiries or necessary business information will make work processes more streamlined and efficient.
- Communication breakdown often leads to a myriad of mistakes, caused by a lack of real understanding and a sharing of false information. Sharing the correct information in a timely manner eliminates wasted time and resources, allowing businesses to flourish.
- Better communication often facilitates more productive employees, as it eliminates wasted time and allows employees to work together in a more engaged manner.
For better communication practices within your business keep the following tips in mind:
- Be patient: Never interrupt someone as they are speaking or seem to be having a hard time getting their thoughts together. Often in groups, not everyone is poised to add an idea right away or jump into the conversation. Remaining patient while a part of customer communication is also vital.
- Focus on the speaker: Pay attention to the speaker as they talk. Be sure to leave all materials behind that may prove to be a distraction, such as cell phones, laptops or other non-related work.
- Keep lines of communication open: It’s important to keep communication open between employees, especially those in different departments. Often, silos keep employees from working together to their complete abilities, hindering work practices and complete communication.
- Limit meeting times: Longer meetings are not synonymous with productivity. Keep meetings short, sweet and to the point with a written agenda, a suitable timeframe and projected goals created beforehand.
Keep communication in mind for a better, more engaged work day.