Soft skills are all about a person’s attitude, communication skills, behavior, social skills, and emotional intelligence. Technical skills are important. However, these days learning too much technology leads to gap in soft skills. At some point, soft skills become higher priority than technology as enough importance was not given to it at the right time.

When we talk about soft skills, it is not entirely the responsibility of an organization. The more a person prepares hard for the technical interview, the less he thinks about soft skills. Many candidates assume that the interviewer will be convinced with his strong technical skills irrespective of having inadequate soft skills. Soft skills are not a separate chapter. It is a cognitive and behavioral thinking of an individual. Sometime people take it for granted and give it no importance. Even when organizations arrange sessions on soft skills, most of the employees tend to attend only due to pressure from the management.

Soft skills should be evaluated during the recruitment process to a feasible extent. Otherwise, organizations will be forced to work on it, when the quality of work and performance deteriorates. Training and rewarding for an individual’s behavior is a return on investment to the organization.

The hard truth is that few organizations spend a lot on soft skills training. Training is not about arranging a stress management, leadership, communication skills or any other sessions occasionally. Organizations should have regular checkpoints to validate employee soft skills. If it is a healthy organization then soft skills should be the key point on the indicator board. In addition, the main pain point in few organizations is having a common soft skills training plan for all employees irrespective of them being freshers/experienced, male/female, lower/higher management role.

Recent studies show that major recruitment failures are all due to lack of motivation and emotional intelligence. Personality of an employee may reflect in their overall performance and that influences the growth and innovation of the company. Researchers say that around 85% of the skills contribute to success are soft skills.

Creative thinking, enthusiasm, flexibility, communication skills, time management, leadership, problem solving, cross cultural awareness, networking, professionalism and self-motivation, interpersonal skills, curiosity, responsibility, work ethic, positive attitude and team work are the major factors for the growth of an individual along with organization.