“What’s the difference between an introvert developer and an extrovert developer?” an old geek joke goes. “The extrovert developer looks at your shoes”. While being an introvert has its advantages, the field of IT has changed. More and more companies look not just for brilliant professionals, but for the ones that support their knowledge with soft skills like communication and the ability to share knowledge. Here’s the easiest way to do it.
Hard skills you’ve worked so hard to learn are necessary, but not sufficient. More and more companies are saying that soft skills are equally important. A recent CareerBuilder survey has found out that 77 percent of the employers say they are “just as important”, while 16 percent of them considered those even more relevant.
“When companies are assessing job candidates, they’re looking for the best of both worlds: someone who is not only proficient in a particular function, but also has the right personality,” said Rosemary Haefner, Vice President of Human Resources at CareerBuilder.
Work ethic and trustworthiness came first, being sought after by 73 percent of the employers. They were quickly followed by team spirit (60 percent) and communication (56 percent). Over 2,100 hiring managers and human resources professionals in America, from various industries, were questioned.
It is those soft skills that differentiate a company from another and the perfect co-worker from just a talented one.
Communication & knowledge sharing
The way we work has changed over the years. Today, many of us quickly label an email as unimportant and delete it in no time from the Inbox. Plus, we’re used to Twitter feeds and hate reading long messages. Truth being told, we don’t actually read them, we just scan them and get bored. Needless to say that the way we communicate and share information at work needs an upgrade.
The most successful businesses are the ones that are transformed in a classroom, where every employee is both student and teacher. 80 percent of the corporate knowledge transfers happen during on-the-job interactions, a Cisco study has found.
When it comes to teams that work scattered around the globe, the best way to ease communication and support knowledge is with the help of a custom software, and such an example is Quandora. It’s a problem solver app that helps your team members ask specific questions and get fast answers. Plus, all the information is stored for future use.
Whenever someone confronts with a problem or they need their colleague’s experience on a specific matter, they simply ask, and someone in their team might come up with an answer. It is a fast way both to learn new things and to help people bond –– two of the ingredients of a successful startup or a company.
“Young workers say they expect to be able to sharpen their skills and add to their professional credentials while on the job,” according to the study. So providing a tool for learning might also be a good way to retain your talented people, that are more interested in development rather than money.
Learning new things means getting better at what you do, both as individual and as organization. “Adding to one’s skills set not only improves on-the-job effectiveness but also opens the door for advancement and an above-average increase in compensation,” another Cisco study says.
At Quandora, we believe in discovering new things every day and helping eachother. Everyone can be a fast, happy learner!
Happy Knowledge Sharing!