Having people skills are crucial to your professional success
Having the right qualifications and levels of experience are not the only elements of becoming successful in your job; it is imperative that employees have certain skills these are referred to as people skills.
It is a managers responsibility to recruit the right person for the job, taking into consideration these extra set of skills, finding the right person will create a robust and efficient team.
Strong people skills are an asset to any line of work; these skills are described as being able to listen to others, communicate effectively and motivating others, etc.
Below are ten examples of people skills that employees need to succeed at work;
- Effective communication skills – being able to listen to others and focus on what they are saying ( active listener) as well as having the ability to choose words carefully are essential skills.
- Patience – Being able to demonstrate patience during a situation is a great skill that is recognised by management.
- Trusting others – Being able to trust others will enable you to get more things done and develop cooperation amongst the team.
- Knowing how and when to show empathy- Having the ability to put yourself in someone’s else’s shoes is important as you will be able to see other people’s perception of things.
- Being flexible – Having this skill will help you adapt yourself to things that are thrown at you, it enables you to shift yourself from one thing to another.
- Being able to keep an open mind – It is imperative that people keep an open mind and respect others views.
- Honesty – This is the foundation of any successful relationship, it is essential in helping to build a strong team.
- Leadership skills- Having these skills will help lead and manage a team successful, motivating others to work
- Being supportive -By showing encouragement and being supportive within the workplace can help other colleagues in many ways such as improving their performance.
- Motivate others – Being around someone who is motivated can encourage others, driving them to become successful in what they do.
When carrying out your next lot of supervisions or appraisals why not include an exercise that involves reflecting on the employee’s people skills?