Bring Your ‘A’ Game: The Importance of Soft Skills in the Workplace

Posted on October 05, 2020

Hard skills are easy to identify. They are job-specific, technical skills needed to complete assigned tasks. Often, we have the hard skills we need to succeed – this might look like years of work experience in a field, a credential or certificate, or a recommendation from a previous employer. While hard skills are an important component of success, employers know experience and mastery of technical skills aren’t everything.

An often-overlooked component to long-term success and happiness in the workplace is soft skills – the behavioral attributes that determine how you interact with people, handle challenges, resolve conflict, and work on a team.

In other words, how are you to be around?

Soft skills have moved from the nice to have to the must have category. They impact all areas of your life and can be used no matter what profession you go into. If you are seeking a new job or looking to advance in your current one, it is handy to know what soft skills employers value the most.

Bring Your ‘A’ Game to Work (BYAG) is a curriculum developed by The Center for Work Ethic Development after conducting research with 1,500 hiring managers throughout the United States. They identified the core behaviors that define work ethic and found the most common reason an employee is fired is due to a lack of necessary soft skills.

BYAG training, available for free through Career Launch SD, covers the seven workplace skills employers want their employees to have:

1. Attitude — Staying positive in every situation. Taking control of the way you react.

2. Attendance — Showing you’re reliable in every phase of your life. Being on time, every time.

3. Appearance — Being professional both in the way you act, and the way you look. Choosing to be a pro.

4. Ambition — Taking initiative and adding value. Doing more than the minimum.

5. Appreciation — Demonstrating your gratitude towards others. Providing selfless service.

6. Accountability — Living honestly and having integrity with every decision you make. Refusing to rationalize bad decisions.

7. Acceptance — Respecting and following your employer’s policies and rules. Being coachable.

Career Launch has offered BYAG training across South Dakota through in-person trainings. Now, participants can also develop these skills no matter where they are thanks to the recently launched virtual option, Bring Your A’ Game Anywhere. You can develop these soft skills anytime, anywhere and on any device through the e-Learning course.

Connect with Career Launch SD today and learn how you can incorporate BYAG curriculum as part of your career path, or as a training for your business.