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The importance of soft skills within the workplace

​When applying for jobs, one of the first things that comes to mind particularly when writing a CV is the skills we possess, and how these can be applied to the job we want. Recruiters look for a number of different types of skills, however, in the modern workplace soft skills are becoming more important than ever. So, what are soft skills and why are they so important?Soft skills are those which aren’t so much learned through training but can be described as character traits, which are typically self-developed. Communication skills, teamwork abilities, adaptability and problem-solving skills are all examples of soft skills that define how well you will be able to work with others. Here’s five reasons why soft skills are becoming increasingly important in today’s workplace.​The workplace is becoming interpersonalDue to the rise in technology, the modern workplace is becoming more interconnected than ever. This means communication has changed, and not everything has to be face-to-face. Individuals can work remotely, meetings take place through video and decisions can be made through a simple message. What this also means is that your communication skills must be first-rate. Communicating effectively whilst miles away from your colleagues can be difficult but with the ability to work together as a team, it means flexibility and the ability to keep an organisation running whilst out of the office.​People buy from peopleIn this economic climate, the competition for business is fiercer than ever, and in lots of industries, the market is over-saturated. This means that clients have endless options to choose from, and low prices aren’t hard to come by. Take the hospitality industry - in every city, there are multiple restaurants, cafes and bars to choose from for every type of food, drink or nationality out there. However, there's one thing that attracts and retains people to your business – soft skills. Having interpersonal skills allows you to build a relationship with your customer, communicate with them effectively to provide them the highest standard of service and show them that their business is important to you. The ability to communicate at a human level makes all the difference to a customer or client, and is what makes or breaks an organisation's success. ​Hard skills are useless without soft skillsYes, you may have a masters degree, be fluent in three languages and have the computer skills of a technician, but are you able to work with the rest of your team? Are you able to solve problems whilst keeping colleagues and clients calm? Without the ability to communicate your skills and use them to achieve an end goal, they are useless. An individual presenting strong soft skills will complement the team, especially when considering the average person works in 10-15 different jobs throughout a career.​Adaptability is key in the workplaceAs shown by recent events, you never know what strange turn the world may take in a matter of days. In these circumstances, your organisation must adapt to stay afloat, and this means every employee must too. Being flexible is a key soft skill which many underestimate. Are you able to adapt to fast-changing working conditions and efficiently solve problems? These are the skills which employers look for in today’s workforce.​You can’t automate soft skillsWith a rise in technological advancements, employers are moving towards automation in order to save on costs. Recent reports suggest that around 1.5 million workers in Britain are at risk of losing their jobs due to automation. This means that more than ever before, it is important to showcase the skills you have which technology can’t emulate. Yes, automation may work when it comes to concrete mixing. However, what it can’t replace is face-to-face interaction – something which will never get old. No matter the technological advancements in an organisation, soft skills will still always be necessary.

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​When applying for jobs, one of the first things that comes to mind particularly when writing a CV is the skills we possess, and how these can be applied to the job we want. Recruiters look for a number of different types of skills, however, in the modern workplace soft skills are becoming more important than ever. So, what are soft skills and why are they so important?

Soft skills are those which aren’t so much learned through training but can be described as character traits, which are typically self-developed. Communication skills, teamwork abilities, adaptability and problem-solving skills are all examples of soft skills that define how well you will be able to work with others. Here’s five reasons why soft skills are becoming increasingly important in today’s workplace.

The workplace is becoming interpersonal

Due to the rise in technology, the modern workplace is becoming more interconnected than ever. This means communication has changed, and not everything has to be face-to-face. Individuals can work remotely, meetings take place through video and decisions can be made through a simple message. What this also means is that your communication skills must be first-rate. Communicating effectively whilst miles away from your colleagues can be difficult but with the ability to work together as a team, it means flexibility and the ability to keep an organisation running whilst out of the office.

People buy from people

In this economic climate, the competition for business is fiercer than ever, and in lots of industries, the market is over-saturated. This means that clients have endless options to choose from, and low prices aren’t hard to come by. Take the hospitality industry - in every city, there are multiple restaurants, cafes and bars to choose from for every type of food, drink or nationality out there. However, there's one thing that attracts and retains people to your business – soft skills. Having interpersonal skills allows you to build a relationship with your customer, communicate with them effectively to provide them the highest standard of service and show them that their business is important to you. The ability to communicate at a human level makes all the difference to a customer or client, and is what makes or breaks an organisation's success. 

Hard skills are useless without soft skills

Yes, you may have a masters degree, be fluent in three languages and have the computer skills of a technician, but are you able to work with the rest of your team? Are you able to solve problems whilst keeping colleagues and clients calm? Without the ability to communicate your skills and use them to achieve an end goal, they are useless. An individual presenting strong soft skills will complement the team, especially when considering the average person works in 10-15 different jobs throughout a career.

Adaptability is key in the workplace

As shown by recent events, you never know what strange turn the world may take in a matter of days. In these circumstances, your organisation must adapt to stay afloat, and this means every employee must too. Being flexible is a key soft skill which many underestimate. Are you able to adapt to fast-changing working conditions and efficiently solve problems? These are the skills which employers look for in today’s workforce.

You can’t automate soft skills

With a rise in technological advancements, employers are moving towards automation in order to save on costs. Recent reports suggest that around 1.5 million workers in Britain are at risk of losing their jobs due to automation. This means that more than ever before, it is important to showcase the skills you have which technology can’t emulate. Yes, automation may work when it comes to concrete mixing. However, what it can’t replace is face-to-face interaction – something which will never get old. No matter the technological advancements in an organisation, soft skills will still always be necessary.

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Benefits of securing a temp job over the festive season
Benefits of securing a temp job over the festive season

​Looking to secure a temporary role over the Christmas period?From meeting new people and gaining additional experience, to exploring your career path and earning a little extra cash over the Christmas holidays, there are plenty of perks surrounding temp jobs, especially over the festive season.Read on to find out the many advantages of securing a temporary position over the Christmas period with Stafffinders.​Earn extra money for the festive seasonOne of the biggest advantages of securing a temp role across the festive season is gaining that extra cash just when you need it! Christmas is undoubtedly the most cash-strapped time of year for many of us, especially when you take into consideration the cost-of-living concerns at the moment, so of course, a seasonal job would help and take a bit of pressure off of your pocket. Whether you can only fit in a few shifts in between your busy schedule or you’re looking to make the most of your spare time over the holidays, any shifts that you pick up can make a difference!​Enjoy a flexible working scheduleA temporary role means that you can plan your work around YOU, rather than the other way around. Maybe you are studying and need that extra bit of money to pay your rent, or perhaps you are looking after family members and require a flexible shift pattern. Having this flexibility not only improves your work-life balance but can also bring a great sense of freedom, despite how scary a non-fixed contract can seem at first.​Meet new people and networkYou’ve probably heard the saying ‘it’s not what you know, it’s who you know’, and temping will provide you with a lot of ‘who’. You’re bound to meet a variety of new people when working in a Christmas job, making it the perfect chance to add to your contacts – both professionally and socially. As you work your way through temp roles, take the opportunity to make a good impression on those you encounter along the way, and subsequently expand your network.​Gain additional experienceIf your CV is looking a little bit tired, a Christmas job is the perfect way to spruce it up. Temping allows you to build invaluable experience and boost those interpersonal skills every employer looks for. Through temp roles, you’ll pick up a vast amount of new skills, which all go towards building an even stronger CV for future full-time, permanent jobs. Every new workplace brings new settings and, most importantly, new opportunities – which in turn will enable you to grow your confidence in the workplace!​Protection and securitiesIf you think that you won’t receive the same securities as your permanent position counterparts – think again! As a temp worker, you will still be entitled to all of the benefits that any other individuals would, such as sick pay and holiday allowance. In the Hospitality sector, you would still be entitled to your share of the gratuities received.​Enhanced career opportunitiesAs with any temporary job, there is always the possibility of it leading to something long-term. Work to the best of your ability, show off your skills, and make a good impression – you never know where it could lead! Even if they have nothing available at the time, it might lead to another opportunity at some point in the future. It is also a clever way of finding out what job or industry you would ideally like to work for in the future, especially if you are unsure what kind of role you would like to end up in.Interested in a temp role in Paisley, Glasgow, Edinburgh or beyond? Stafffinders have plenty of tips and advice for temp workers looking to secure a new position:Temping is the gateway to a long-term careerThe benefits of temporary work for the employeeKeeping motivated during your job hunt

How to tackle loneliness whilst working from home
How to tackle loneliness whilst working from home

​Whilst many people live at home with partners, families or friends, there are many that live alone where isolation can take over. Even those that do have a full house can experience the feeling of loneliness.With more people now working remotely, the chances of being lonely and feeling isolated is heightened. Some people are fully accustomed to working from home and for them being alone most of the day is the norm, however for some people it has been harder to adjust. This can cause employees' performance at work to fall, their productivity levels reducing and most importantly their mental health being affected.Working within an office environment provides the opportunity to go and chat to your co-workers, have face to face meetings and generally just have people around you. So, how can remote workers combat the feeling of loneliness in the long-term?​Stay connectedMaintaining optimum communication between you and your colleagues while working from home is key! When working from home, social interaction is at a minimum. That’s why it’s so important to introduce more ways to connect and converse with your fellow co-workers on a daily basis. Be proactive in setting up more meetings online and regular calls with those you work closely with. ​Keep activeBeing in the same environment for a long period of time can take its toll and make people feel lonelier, especially when you’re staring at the same four walls 9-5! Take a step out of the house over your lunch break or in the evening once you’ve finished your day, just being around others' presence can make all the difference. Think of it as a little escape from the place that makes you feel lonely.Whilst popping out for a walk or to the gym may not be the sole cure for loneliness, research has shown that keeping active can reduce anxiety and depression which could contribute to the feeling of loneliness.  ​Encourage face to face meetingsWhen many people started to work from home over the pandemic, meeting face to face was taboo. But now that we are over the covid hurdle and back to normal life, thankfully meeting face to face has made a return. Conducting meetings online has evolved enormously over the past couple of years, however, they can lack emotional interaction, making it harder for people to form connections via these mediums.You may also want to explore the possibility of hybrid working if your office is available or taking a couple of days a week to work within a new environment such as the library or a café. ​Socialise outside of workDo you stay cooped up at home Monday to Friday and live for the weekends? It could be time to change this mindset if you are experiencing loneliness! Invest your spare time during the week to organise a meet up with friends, join a new gym class or visit family. This mid-week escape from your place of work could make a huge difference to not only the way you perform at work, but could also be a step in the right direction of tackling loneliness.  ​Talk to someoneWhilst advice and tips could help you in the short-term, experiencing long-term loneliness with little sign of improvement is detrimental for your mental health without you realising. At this point, it’s important to organise a confidential chat with your employer and chat about the ways in which you can tackle your loneliness together. Perhaps this is in the form of more virtual meetings with the team or even more social events to bring everyone together. Whatever it may be, remember to put your mental health first within the workplace and reach out when times get tough.For more information on this year’s topic for Mental Health Awareness Week, visit their website to find out more about the loneliness campaign and their expert advice on tackling loneliness.Follow the Mental Health Foundation to keep up with the latest updates:TwitterFacebookInstagramLinkedIn​​Explore more of our tips and advice to help with your mental health at work:How to achieve a strong work-life balanceAchieving work boundaries at homeSupporting Recovery Across Mental Health