Employers find ‘soft skills’ like critical thinking in short supply

By Kate Davidson, for The Wall Street Journal

Sep 10, 2018

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Companies across the U.S. say it is becoming increasingly difficult to find applicants who can communicate clearly, take initiative, problem-solve and get along with co-workers. Those traits, often called soft skills, can make the difference between a standout employee and one who just gets by.

While such skills have always appealed to employers, decades-long shifts in the economy have made them especially crucial now. Companies have automated or outsourced many routine tasks, and the jobs that remain often require workers to take on broader responsibilities that demand critical thinking, empathy or other abilities that computers can’t easily simulate.

Read the full story at wsj.com. 
Also see "It's time to address the soft-skills gap," from new Plant Services blogger Anne Lucietto, Ph.D, at https://www.plantservices.com/blogs/schools-in-session/its-time-to-address-the-soft-skills-gap/.

 

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