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10 Skills Your Employees Need to Succeed

employee skills [1]What skills will employees need to help their companies succeed in this year and beyond? If your team doesn’t have those skills, how can you help them get there?

CEB’s 2013 Executive Guidance [2] analyzed some 20,000 employees worldwide to pinpoint the challenges facing business teams today.

Here’s the biggest challenge: While employers report they will need to squeeze 20 percent more productivity from employees to meet their business goals, employees say they’re already maxed out. More than two-thirds say their jobs have become more complex; 80 percent say their workload has increased; and 55 percent say they can’t handle the current level of stress much longer.

Given that most employers don’t plan to hire in 2013, how can businesses possibly meet their goals?

The answer, CEB says, is in developing employees who have the right skills for today’s business environment. CEB identifies three key trends in the working world today:

  1. Frequent organizational change, including greater financial uncertainty and continued downsizing.
  2. More interdependent work, including cross-functional or cross-departmental work groups, team-based work and geographically dispersed teams.
  3. An increase in knowledge work, including new information technology, more non-routine work and greater information availability.

To thrive (and become more productive) despite these challenges, CEB says there are 10 key skills employees of 2013 will need:

  1. Ability to Prioritize
  2. Works well in teams
  3. Organizational Awareness
  4. Effective Problem Solving
  5. Self-Awareness
  6. Proactivity
  7. Ability to Influence
  8. Effective Decision Making
  9. Learning Agility
  10. Technical Savvy

What can you do to help your employees develop these skills?

While these actions may take time in the short run, in the long run, they’ll help you build a roster of employees who can make their own decisions, collaborate more effectively and handle more responsibility—ultimately easing the many burdens on you, the small business owner.

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