The Surprising Truth About the Workforce Gap

…and the secret reason for it. Why Soft Skills are Lacking and What You Can Do About It.

Soft Skills are LackingThe Surprising Truth About the Workforce Gap

In a recent State of the Economy and Employment Survey conducted by Adecco Staffing US, 44% of respondents cited soft skills as the area with the biggest gap. Some studies show 60% of employers think applicants are lacking communication, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and other soft skills. More articles about the soft skills gap:

The Secret Reason: Why is there a lack of soft skills in the workforce? We aren’t teaching them!

Take a look thtop10skillse top 10 skills employers want.  As I worked on this series of posts with links to resources to learn the skills, it became painfully obvious to me that:

1) there aren’t enough of these resources.

2) there is a large gap between what employers want and what is taught.

The Bad News

Many of the top 10 skills employers want are not often taught in traditional education.

Were you taught goal setting and time management in school? Did you have a class in communication, understanding emotions and problem solving? You may have learned a little about these things along the way, but these skills are rarely purposely taught.

And not only are these skills important to employers, many are critical to success in other areas of our life…and they usually aren’t being taught.

That really doesn’t make sense to me.

We say we need workers with these skills, that we need to increase employment, but we don’t take the steps needed to make it happen.

Why Aren’t Soft Skills Taught? Teaching soft skills may not be easy…but it can and should be done.

The Good News

Can you imagine a world full of people living at maximum potential? Life is so much better when people know what their talents are and how they want to use them, do work they love, earn the money they need, communicate well, understand and manage emotions, have strong relationships and friendships, develop physical strength and energy, connect with spiritual beliefs, develop character, and set goals and manage time effectively.

I believe these skills can be learned and developed for an optimal life and a better world.

What You Can Do About It

If you believe this too and want to get involved, consider connecting with others interested in personal development by forming your own Whole Life Fitness group.

I enjoy finding great information, combining it in new ways, and packaging it creatively. I'm highly interested in the areas of goal setting, time management, and skills to improve life.

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3 comments on “The Surprising Truth About the Workforce Gap
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  2. […] Surveys!), and few people know what they are passionate about. It’s not too surprising that many employers say applicants are lacking soft skills like communication, creativity, and collaboration. The very skills that employers say they want, […]

  3. […] Are you engaged at work? […]

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