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5 Job Skills You Need After COVID-19

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In our previous blog, we have discussed how businesses could change in a post-coronavirus world. As these changes take place, the workforce will be affected. To survive and thrive after the pandemic, both business owners and employees must also learn and develop new skills.

Here are top job skills that companies may greatly value in the coming days:

1. Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is the ability to be aware of, express, and control one’s emotions while being aware of what others are feeling. Personally, it helps us:

  • Acknowledge our emotions and helps us connect and share with others
  • Help children deal with their emotions
  • Focus on what we can control
  • Get news and updates from reliable sources
  • Make creative use of our time in isolation

The changes in how businesses operate after the pandemic might make some employees feel isolated or disconnected, especially that social interactions are limited and people are advised to “distance” from one another. Aside from this, there will also be many workers who would feel uncertain about the future of their job or of their business.

Emotional intelligence will help you connect with people on an emotional level. It will help you listen to them, which is sometimes enough to let others know that their feelings are normal and that they are not alone. You may also provide them with words of encouragement, especially if you’ve had your fair share of uncertainty or hardships in life.

2. Critical Thinking

Critical thinking is the ability to think clearly and rationally, understanding the logical connection between ideas. Critical thinkers will identify, analyse and solve problems systematically rather than by intuition or instinct.

Critical thinking will help you analyse and fact-check information amidst the rise of fake news and misrepresentations of data and studies as government and business leaders try to make themselves look indispensable or shift blame and divert attention and public scrutiny.

If you can objectively evaluate information from diverse sources to determine what is credible, you will not succumb to lies. Since not all information should be trusted, organizations will need to rely on critical thinkers to understand what information is crucial for decision-making.

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3. Creativity

Creativity is the act of turning new and imaginative ideas into reality. It is the ability to perceive the world in new ways, to find hidden patterns, to make connections between seemingly unrelated phenomena, and to generate solutions.

Creative employees can create “exciting” innovations during the pandemic, from making efficient operations despite the skeletal workforce to introducing new marketing campaigns that will catch the attention of customers and encourage them to pay for products and services despite the economic uncertainties.

Creative employees are responsible for making virtual showrooms and events possible, enabling online ordering systems for once traditional brick-and-mortar businesses, online consultations and e-sessions for those who seek specific services like health and fitness, and shifting to new products that are relevant. Mercedes F1, for instance, has shifted from making racing cars that are, obviously, not in demand these days to making innovative breathing aids.

In a post-coronavirus world, organisations need human ingenuity to conceptualise and develop new products and ways of working.

4. Digital and Tech Savviness

Everyone knows the importance of technology to business, but its significance is heavily felt during the pandemic when a big part of most business operations has been moved to cyberspace. Some small businesses have even resorted to technology finance to secure the funds they need for technological upgrades.

In these digital times, being adept with technology is essential to stay relevant in the changing business landscape. Companies need techies to develop and launch software programs for almost all facets of business operations. That being said, those who are involved in mechanical engineering, code development, data analysis and other relevant tech skills will be highly valued and remunerated. The same goes for those who work in website development, digital marketing and advertising and other related services.

Data Literacy

People who can understand, interpret and create data on business trends and shifting customer needs will be more appealing to employers than ever before.

Digital and Coding Skills

Professionals who know how to code, develop and maintain websites, and run digital campaigns will keep the business running and thriving during economic downturns.

5. Leadership

Leading an organization in times of a global crisis is a tough job. That is why those who have managed to keep their business operations running and their workforce employed during the pandemic are very special because they bring out the best in their subordinates, inspire teams, and encourage collaboration.

The pandemic has reminded everyone that a leadership title is meaningless unless it is put to good use, and by good use, it means making impactful decisions that keep their organizations productive and their people secure.

In a post-coronavirus world, organisations will be reminded of the importance of strong leadership skills and, thus, will invest more in professionals who have shown great potential to become leaders.

These are just five of the many skills companies need to thrive in a post-coronavirus world. Businesses are continuously changing and evolving. One skill may be highly valued now but another one will become more in demand later. What’s most important is that those who are running a business or working for one must not stop learning and developing new skills to stay relevant in wherever organisations they may be involved in.

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