The Skills Your Future (and current) Employer want you to have - Part 2
By Alan Olsen
Do you ever wonder what skills your current employer or future employer want you to have? Ensuring that you have the right skills can be the difference between a promotion or a pink slip. Many of the top skills and attributes would not be classified as those that would reinvent the wheel per se, but rather are common sensical and overlooked. Often individuals are proficient in one or two of these skills. However, for an individual to be a truly great leader and impress their current or future employer proficiency in all are required. It is understandable that not all skills can be demonstrated at one time or on command, (for that would appear that an individual’s skill in some would be farce and may disinterest an employer), most are easy to exhibit. The purpose of this article is not to go through each of these skills and attributes and how to acquire them but rather to reflect on why they are important in the workplace and why they are important for employers, either in hiring individuals or in conducting performance reviews on them.
Public Speaking in the Workplace
Public speaking is the differentiating factor from the mediocre to the great. Through having this skill an individual shows self-confidence and that they are willing to take on risk and responsibility. This is largely due to the fact that everything that is said in a public setting holds an individual accountable for their actions.
Those who are good at public speaking are also oftentimes associated with being a leader. If an individual becomes good at public speaking in the workplace, they are more likely to develop clout with their coworkers and will be more liked. It shows that they are comfortable around other people and effective communicators. When promotions roll around, they are more likely to be promoted since people already want to follow them, even when they aren’t in a leadership position.
If and when an employer determines that you would be a good addition to their team, they are simultaneously agreeing to pour a large amount of resources into you and your professional growth. It is for this reason that it is very important to be quantify your work. Most employers will see you as an investment and like any good investor they want to see an ROI. While not all work is created equal and not all jobs are as easy to quantify, it is important to still try and find a quantification to your work, even if that is the number of processes changed you have changed, or reports generated.
Through maintaining a list of how you have improved your workplace, you will feel a greater sense of self confidence and joy in work. It will also give you a good platform to stand upon while you are going in and asking for a promotion or a raise from your boss, and it gives them justification to give you one.
Managing up in the work place is important on many different levels. One of the main points of an employee working is to make the life of their boss easier, not harder. One of the best ways to do that is to develop a positive relationship with your boss, since you will be spending more time with them than you will with anyone else in your life outside of your partner. Through understanding their goals and anticipating their needs you will be able to make their lives easier, which makes they like you more and want to promote you more.
While this is not something that can be overcome early in a career, it is something that is will need to be gained. Many of the management skills learned in graduate programs, or education in general, is didactic theory. While this foundation is essential for future success, there is very little that can take the place of actual experience and living through different scenarios. One can learn much from simulations and case studies, however as beneficial as these are, there are very few lasting repercussions from failure in these situations. They allow you to have a concept of situations that you may encounter, but will not prepare you for the unexpectedness of situations such as having a top performing employee quit because of a decision that you made.