The honing of soft skills is becoming an increasingly intrinsic part of effective workplaces.

Strong relationships defined by good emotional intelligence are, for one, just as vital to a good working environment as the hard skills that refer to a person’s knowledge and occupational ability.

What exactly are soft skills? They’re actually qualities that can’t really be defined, tested or quantified, but that clearly doesn’t mean that they’re not important for contractors to learn and understand them.

In fact, LinkedIn’s recent Global Talent Trends 2019 report surveyed 5,100 global talent professionals and hiring managers in 35 countries, produced some interesting findings on the matter.

Of those surveyed in the UK, 92 per cent of employers said that finding individuals with soft skills was more important than hiring those with hard skills. Furthermore, 80 per cent of talent professionals agreed that soft skills were important to company success.

The timing of the report is interesting given that the workforce stands at a fascinating crossroads.

With so many businesses investing in automation tech, there will be few workplaces that aren’t touched or even transformed by its advancements. However, while automation will undoubtedly be a big part of our collective working lives in the future, computer logic can never replace the soft skills that are vital to running a successful project.

In other words, there will always be a value placed on those individuals that can intelligently read the nuances of human interaction and work well with a variety of personality types in order to see a job over the line.   

Such soft skills could prove vital to your career progression, so how to become a contractor with the right ones?

Our identification of the four top soft skills that every contractor needs is worth a read:

Collaboration

Collaboration is key in any good workplace, and contractors should be mindful of that. Few should perform their role in a vacuum – you’ve got to be constantly sharing ideas, pooling knowledge, and playing off each other’s strengths in order to raise attainment levels. Brainstorming is a key case in point – get everyone around the table and suddenly your few ideas will become many. That collaborative approach to any workplace will help it thrive

Enthusiasm

This is another vital soft skill for contractors. If you bring a lot of energy into the workplace and enjoy what you do, then you’ll deliver more and others will respond. Enthusiasm can be contagious, so it’s not to be under-valued.

Time management

Any good contractor must employ strong time management skills in order to succeed. If you have a heavy workload, then it’s vital that you maximise your time and plan carefully in order to meet targets. Flexibility can be a big part of that – the ability to be able to work overtime or get into the office early when required is a valuable one that your employer will love to see.

Creativity

This might not always be to the fore of employers’ wish lists when the job needs to be done, but it’s a key asset in so many ways. It means that fresh new ideas are always flowing, and it means that problems are being resolved. Original thinking will set you apart and put you firmly on the road to success, so always look for ways to approach things in a different way.

Of course, all of these soft skill attributes should be aligned with approachability and geniality – the cornerstones of good business relationships.

Why not contact Momenta for a chat to discover just how far those soft skills could take you?