Do a quick google search on “soft skills” and you’ll get millions of articles about the importance of these skills. By now it’s safe to say that nearly every Learning and Development leader understands that soft skills are the key to workforce competitiveness and agility. Agility is important because, with the pace of change in job requirements, those who know how to learn (i.e., listen, communicate, collaborate, think critically, etc.) will be the first to adapt to new ideas, skills, and jobs.
Nothing is as effective at creating workforce agility as soft skills. In fact, they’re so important, we call them Power Skills™. In a recent study of nearly 600 learning and development leaders we produced with Human Capital Media and Chief Learning Officer, it was clear that Power Skills are critical. Sixty-three percent of respondents said they have a substantial or critical gap in these skills – three times the number of technical or functional skills gaps. And for many organizations, the gap is widening.
Bellevue University’s Human Capital Lab was founded to research and report credible links between learning interventions and enterprise impact. It was an innovative concept at the time, and since has added to its work through the production of new tools, case studies and research projects that demonstrate the impact that learning makes on employee lives, employee opportunity, and corporate outcomes like revenue, profit, and customer satisfaction.
Today, the Lab is known as the credible, inspirational resource about how to plan, engage, and enhance human capital. People are our most important source of productivity. The Lab is devoted to helping enterprises strategically deploy them for optimal employee engagement, productivity, and fulfillment.