Workplace skills help you perform your daily tasks on behalf of the business you work for.
Some of these skills might seem so obvious that the development of such skills may be overlooked. However, take time to reflect on your skill set. What do you do well? Are you giving your full effort and reaching your potential in that area? What are your weaknesses? Are you working toward a promotion for a position that requires particular knowledge, skill, or ability?
As you ponder on your own abilities and goals, you can make a game plan to develop skills sets you should improve. Your growth and development not only improves yourself but can also make a huge impact on the organization you work for.
Communication – Communication is more than just talking with another person. Communication requires collaboration, active listening, and reasoning skills in order to meet your upcoming objective in the workplace. This can also expand into conflict resolution and being able to empathize and articulate yourself in a clear and concise manner while reducing misunderstandings.
Self-regulation – This skill is essential to emotional intelligence. Self-regulation is an inward look at your internal processing mentally, emotionally, and physically. When a deadline is approaching, how are you expressing yourself? Are you overwhelmed to the point of burnout? Are you able to take tasks and criticism in stride or do you dwell on negative feedback? This skill can have a wide-ranging impact on the company because it provides you with the perspective that your actions can affect your coworkers.
Teamwork – Being a member of a team is a huge skill. Nearly all jobs require some level of collaboration with other team members. A combination of communication and self-regulation are greatly important to building relationships with coworkers. How you act and react sets a tone for how you’ll work on a project.
Technical – Your aptitude and ability to complete your work is a critical component to the workplace. Take time to refresh your skillset to help you perform your job well. Seek out opportunities to learn and implement new software, platforms, or operations to improve efficiency and continue workplace innovation.
Time-Management – Having the discipline and maturity to schedule your tasks to complete your work in a timely and efficient manner plays a huge impact toward company efficiency. Your productivity is often a measured skill based on your performance of meeting your deadlines on time.
Look for opportunities to improve your skills. Stay focused and develop one skill at a time. Find ways to align your skills to your job role. Set goals for personal growth and development and set check-ins and deadlines to monitor your progress. Get measurable data you can show your employer how your development in a particular skill positively impacted the company. For example, with the implementation of a new process, productivity increased by 15% and saved employees 10 hours a month. Finally, ask for feedback so you can continue learn more about the organization and what skills you can upgrade.