I’ve noticed that most developers, when they seek career advancement, focus primarily on their technical knowledge. But, are there any other skills which can be improved?
Improving only your technical knowledge has proven to be insufficient for succeeding at work.
The research conducted by Harvard University and the Carnegie Foundation shows that job success depends 85% on your soft or people skills, and only 15% on your technical knowledge.
What are people skills?
People skills are the skills that are essential to have successful interaction with other people.
These are the skills which we learn and acquire from early childhood and continue to develop with every new situation we find ourselves in.
Our relationships with other people, career success, as well as our general satisfaction can be influenced by improperly acquired habits.
Things become more complicated when we realize that we can’t modify these skills easily, and that we can’t develop them by simply reading books. Developing these skills requires constant work and learning from experience.
Some of Emakina.RS core values are:
- Team work
In order for us to really live these values, it’s necessary to have open communication. This is why we work on communication skills during our onboarding process.
Which Three Workshops Are Part of the Emakina.RS Onboarding Process?
One part of the onboarding process consists of three 45-minute workshops.
- Verbal and nonverbal communication
- Active listening
Verbal and Nonverbal Communication
Did you know that the ratio between nonverbal and verbal communication is 9:1? This means that it is much more important the way we say something than what we say.
In our first workshop, we also talk about disadvantages of written communication, as well as the ways in which we can make up for the lack of nonverbal cues.
The second workshop is about assertiveness, and one of the rules of assertiveness is the right to make mistakes.
I sometimes make mistakes during the workshop. What I like the most is when a colleague draws attention to this, which means that it really is OK to make mistakes here.
In the third workshop, we learn how to listen. Don’t be confused, this sounds easier than it is. Communication is a two-way process, and sometimes what is needed is to be present, to understand, and to say what the other person is saying. Improving communication skills brings multiple benefits, not only at work, but in your private life as well.
Our colleague, Maja Mišović, shared with us her impression about these three workshops:
Although I thought I knew quite a bit about communication and active listening, it turned out I learnt many useful things during the onboarding workshops. Also, I believe that the skills I acquired through these three workshops will prove useful in my job.
Our other colleague, Saša Savičić, went on and explained how he experienced the workshops which were organized by Saška:
Even after 10 years of working in the IT industry and with people, you can still learn something new. It was during these workshops that I realized there is still room for improvement. I heard many useful examples of situations from real life which can help with decision-making.
Moreover, our colleague Milan Banjanin wanted to point out what he likes the most about these workshops:
If you’ve been working for some time, you must have participated in one or more of these kinds of workshops. However, what makes the Emakina.RS onboarding different is that it encourages each person to actively participate and apply the acquired skills and knowledge to actual situations from their own experience. The groups are small enough for each person to be able to share some of their own challenges which they’ve encountered at some point in their career.
The development of people skills within the Emakina.RS company doesn’t stop with the onboarding workshops.
Which other skills can we develop in our company, and in which ways? Read about it in one of our next blog posts.
Until then, I invite you to discuss the topic of people skills together.
Which people skills are important to you and your colleagues? Do you use some other way for mastering new skills?
Feel free to contact me via email email@example.com. I look forward to hearing your experience. 🙂