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Growing your team is an exciting process, giving you an opportunity to bring new skills, experience and energy into your workforce by finding the right candidate. Of course, relevant career experience is a crucial factor in determining the suitability of prospective hires. Beyond the specifics, though, there is also a vast range of soft skills that can make a new member of staff a highly valuable addition to your team.
We’re exploring these soft skills in today’s post to help you find the key ingredients needed for a top-notch team to help your business thrive.
What are soft skills and why do they matter?
Soft skills are non-technical skills that generally take the form of personal traits and attributes, helping employees to better cooperate and communicate with their coworkers and perform their duties to a higher standard.
By hiring for soft skills, and proactively nurturing these skills within your team, your business can enjoy improved productivity, customer service and retention, and team morale among various other welcome commercial benefits.
Top soft skills to look for when hiring
Whether you choose to ask focused interview questions based around your desired soft skills or wait for candidates to proactively demonstrate their own soft skills through their answers, it’s important to take an active approach to hiring for the soft skills that matter in the modern workplace.
Here are some of the most sought-after and valuable soft skills to look for when hiring a new member of staff for your team:
With a healthy balance of these coveted soft skills in your team, you’ll see work completed efficiently and collaboratively to a high standard by a group of motivated individuals working in alignment. This recipe has all the makings of a super team.
However, there are some duties you may choose to outsource to third-party experts so you can keep your team focused on the task at hand - and that includes your company’s accounts. At Harlands Accountants, we’re ideally placed to support with your business’s books, so get in touch today to find out more about how we could help lighten your accounting load.