Over the past 12 months, a lot of soft skill conversations have focused on the importance of adaptability. Given how enormously adaptive the workforce had to become this past year, this shouldn’t come as a surprise.
However, today another soft skill has come to the fore. Our newly released Hays Salary Guide FY21/22 shows that teamwork is the number one soft skill employers value in employees right now.
Notably, we also found that almost all employers (96%) consider soft skills to be either more important than, or equally important as, a candidate’s hard or technical skills.
So, why is teamwork the top soft skill for employers today? And how can you win the recognition of an employer by developing great teamwork skills in the workplace?
As a study of 1400 workers commissioned by Slack found, employees want to work collaboratively. 91% of respondents said they want to feel closer to colleagues, while 85% want to feel closer to their remote colleagues.
Firstly, when projects are steered by individuals, the individual shoulders the entirety of the workload. But when employees collaborate with a team of skilled professionals on a project, all parties share the workload.
At the same time, a group of people working together possess a range of different skill sets. This diversity of skills can improve outcomes.
There’s also more opportunities to match each individual team member’s skills and strengths with the tasks they’re best-equipped to complete in the course of the project.
When employees work in silos, their communication, big-picture view and knowledge are restricted.
By enlisting various people to collaborate on projects and solve problems, your employees are more likely to instigate and participate in productive conversations for the purposes of shared goals.
Employees who collaborate effectively start to think as a team motivated by shared goals. Stronger bonds and relationships between team members also create a solid workplace culture and improve staff morale.
All employees bring their own corporate knowledge, commercial acumen and experience to teams.
When employees exchange and share ideas, knowledge and information, that intellectual capital becomes more concentrated across the organisation.
This heightens the potential of the organisation to fulfil its strategic goals.
There are many essential skills you can develop to become a more effective team player in your organisation.
You can start by targeting skills development in areas such as communication, listening, problem solving and time management.
Given the importance employers are placing on teamwork today, proving you have these skills will enhance your appeal as a job candidate.
However, to really make an impression on a potential employer, you’ll need to add more to your CV than mere statements that you are a good team player.
Instead, share successes that demonstrate your teamwork skills. For instance, perhaps you were part of a team that won a lucrative client contract, implemented a new system or delivered a key project ahead of schedule.
Such concrete examples allow you to show recruiters and hiring managers that you have successfully used your teamwork skills.
When applying for jobs or attending interviews, think about quantities of targets you’ve hit within your team. You can also talk about your key achievements within team projects or the number of projects you’ve worked on in team settings.
As the most sought-after soft skill in today’s workplace, taking the time to develop your teamwork skills and knowing how to prove them to a potential employer will aid your career development. It may take time to improve these skills, but by mastering teamwork you’ll be seen as a more effective and valuable group team member.
Nick Deligiannis, Managing Director, began working at Hays in 1993 and since then he has held a variety of consulting and management roles across the business. In 2004 he was appointed to the Hays Board of Directors. He was made Managing Director of Australia and New Zealand in 2012.
Prior to joining Hays, he had a background in human resource management and marketing, and has formal qualifications in Psychology.
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