Human skills are the underpinning for resilient, successful workplaces. They connect employees to each other, to employers, and to the clients that they serve.
At edX, we think of these as “power skills.”
These are skills like organization, time management, mental health and resilience, communication—all of which are essential to making a remote environment feel productive, efficient, and collaborative. They lie at the foundation of any successful organization.
Research from MIT Sloan confirms that human skills training can increase productivity, improve retention of top talent, improve employee morale, and create a stronger sense of teamwork. Additionally, a report from Google included all human skills atop the list of the seven most important skills they are looking for in new hires.
While it's true that human skills were important before the pandemic, COVID and the emergence of the Virtual Age put an even finer point on our collective need to value and develop skills that allow team members to work together effectively, communicate well, and think in ways that lead to innovation and creativity.
The Rise of Power Skills
What we often forget is that sometimes, like hard skills, human skills must be learned and developed. And, in the Virtual Age, which Deloitte equates to a fifth industrial revolution, they are more important than ever.
By creating essential skill pathways to upskill and train every employee with the highest quality e-learning experience, edX is committed to creating courses that cater to the needs of eager learners.
These courses are built to meet your employees where they are, to teach them the value of human skills, and help them to develop these skills that will not only enhance their professional lives but their personal lives as well.
Level Up Your Learners
In addition to the soft skills courses already available for learners, edX is pledging $1M in funding to support the development of new courses in essential human skill areas. Our new Request for Proposals for Essential Human Skills for the Virtual Age will result in one-of-a-kind courses that will greatly enhance your employees’ understanding of themselves, each other, and your organization’s mission.
Your employees’ success is your success, and your success is our success.
Ultimately, the mastering of human skills enables employees to utilize their hard skills more effectively. The acquisition of this knowledge translates into not only a more efficient and effective employee but also a happier employee.
Learn more about how edX For Business can level up learning at your organization.