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Avoid the Mid-Career Blues: Stay Relevant in the Modern Workplace with Soft Skills


Sep 16, 2020






If you started working ten or twenty years ago, the world of work looks very different now. Technology has radically transformed the way we communicate, and soft skills have become highly valued. And with AI and machine learning coming down the line, the modern workplace is about to change at an even greater speed.

 

Maybe you’re one of the rare few who have stayed with the same company since leaving school. Perhaps you’re managing a team of people or even running your own company. But now, you may find your employees expect very different workplace values than the values that were common when you started out. It can be difficult to keep up not only with technological advances, but with the cultural changes too.

 

 

What’s New About the Modern Workplace?

 

Millennials are reshaping the relationship between employee and employer, demanding more say in how a company runs. Team work and collaboration, sometimes virtually, has become more common, as companies focus on developing creative solutions and problem solving Capabilities — the work machines can’t replicate.

 

A globalized world also means that virtual teams can collaborate with people from cultures all around the world. Bridging those differences means paying extra attention to your behavior and communication style so you can collaborate effectively.

 

 

Learn Soft Skills and Embrace Change in the Modern Workplace

 

What if you’re not a young, tech-savvy individual with your finger on the pulse of modern life? What if you’ve spent the past twenty or thirty years refining your Talent, but have always focused on the principles that were relevant when you first started? If you’re used to a hierarchical workplace, for example, the idea of flatter structures might fill you with uncertainty or even dread.

 

It’s natural to cling to your hard-won expertise. But as a society, we’re all living — and therefore working — much longer than we used to. Retirement ages around the world are steadily increasing to account for longer lifespans. In light of this, it’s not just young people who need to be prepared for the new business climate — all of us do.

 

Rather than fighting against adaptation, staying relevant and continuing to be a valued, productive member of your company means that you’ll have to embrace adaptation and find ways to grow some new skills.

 

 

What Soft Skills Do I Need to Stay Relevant?

 

More than technical or practical skills, it’s the softer skills that count in today’s business world. In the interconnected modern workplace, with all its demands on your time and energy, cognitive flexibility is crucial to switching easily between tasks. Collaboration with your colleagues will be key. Complex problem solving skills are also essential so you can lead your company or team through the challenges you’ll inevitably face.

 

Most crucial of all is developing a mindset that’s ready to adapt, stay flexible, and constantly keep honing your capabilities. It’s never too late to learn! If you need some more specific ideas for what to learn, check out our list of soft skills for the 2020s in our online courses. 

 

 

If you started working ten or twenty years ago, the world of work looks very different now. Technology has radically transformed the way we communicate, and soft skills have become highly valued. And with AI and machine learning coming down the line, the modern workplace is about to change at an even greater speed.

 

Maybe you’re one of the rare few who have stayed with the same company since leaving school. Perhaps you’re managing a team of people or even running your own company. But now, you may find your employees expect very different workplace values than the values that were common when you started out. It can be difficult to keep up not only with technological advances, but with the cultural changes too.

 

 

What’s New About the Modern Workplace?

 

Millennials are reshaping the relationship between employee and employer, demanding more say in how a company runs. Team work and collaboration, sometimes virtually, has become more common, as companies focus on developing creative solutions and problem solving Capabilities — the work machines can’t replicate.

 

A globalized world also means that virtual teams can collaborate with people from cultures all around the world. Bridging those differences means paying extra attention to your behavior and communication style so you can collaborate effectively.

 

 

Learn Soft Skills and Embrace Change in the Modern Workplace

 

What if you’re not a young, tech-savvy individual with your finger on the pulse of modern life? What if you’ve spent the past twenty or thirty years refining your Talent, but have always focused on the principles that were relevant when you first started? If you’re used to a hierarchical workplace, for example, the idea of flatter structures might fill you with uncertainty or even dread.

 

It’s natural to cling to your hard-won expertise. But as a society, we’re all living — and therefore working — much longer than we used to. Retirement ages around the world are steadily increasing to account for longer lifespans. In light of this, it’s not just young people who need to be prepared for the new business climate — all of us do.

 

Rather than fighting against adaptation, staying relevant and continuing to be a valued, productive member of your company means that you’ll have to embrace adaptation and find ways to grow some new skills.

 

 

What Soft Skills Do I Need to Stay Relevant?

 

More than technical or practical skills, it’s the softer skills that count in today’s business world. In the interconnected modern workplace, with all its demands on your time and energy, cognitive flexibility is crucial to switching easily between tasks. Collaboration with your colleagues will be key. Complex problem solving skills are also essential so you can lead your company or team through the challenges you’ll inevitably face.

 

Most crucial of all is developing a mindset that’s ready to adapt, stay flexible, and constantly keep honing your capabilities. It’s never too late to learn! If you need some more specific ideas for what to learn, check out our list of soft skills for the 2020s in our online courses. 

 

 



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