The evidence is mounting up, soft skills are becoming increasingly more important in the tech world. According to the latest study published by the World Economic Forum (WEF), thanks to accelerating technology,  one third of skills that are required by companies for their employees will be soft skills. This means that companies will have to modify their selection processes in order to be able to assess candidate’s abilities and thus better foresee their future development possibilities in the company. Skills more linked to emotional intelligence are postulated as the most attractive in terms of technological profiles, as they ensure that workers are able to interpret and manage their own emotions as well as those of others, which facilitates the development of team work and efficiency of communications.

The development of soft skills is also the answer to another one of the great problems of the technological sector these days; the high turnover rate. When an employees’ emotional skills are well aligned with the objectives of the company, the sense of belonging increases significantly, in the way that the employee will tend to develop within the company. Considering that the IT sector is one of the most demanding industries, personal skills will be key for companies that want to reduce costs caused by high turnover.

An important skill that is often forgotten is that of creativity. Creativity is a powerful weapon in the technology world, as the ability to think differently allows people to find new solutions to common problems and optimize working conditions. This helps add value to solutions developed by differentiating them from the rest. It is increasingly common to find jobs nowadays that require the ability from employees to negotiate and carry out efficient communication skills, due to the versatility offered by these skills in the field of consulting. Finally, the key to being recognized in this kind of market is that of team work, which is increasingly more important due to the use of agile methodologies since each part of a projects process success depends on the previous one.

Although the first official studies on soft skills date way back to the 90’s, it’s been reported that they will only really start to gain the importance they deserve in the year of 2020. Once companies begin to evaluate and measure the interpersonal skills of employees, can they really effectively place each person in the project that best fits both their technological capabilities and personality, thus achieving a higher commitment rate and improving job satisfaction.

Finally, one of the most innovative ways to improve skills development is through that of video games. Numerous studies exist, such as the evaluation and design of video games: generating learning objects in communities of practice (Del Moral et al, 2012), which relates to commercial video games with the development of cross-cutting skills, which constitutes a form of entertaining and striking development for the developer community.

We have already been applying it for a long time, and we assure you that it works!

Written by: Brintias HR team