Soft Skills Employers Will Be Looking For Tomorrow

As soon as the year 2020 it is clear that creative thinking will be one of the most in-demand & valued skills in the work place, according to the World Economic Forum. In fact, it is going to be the third most important skill overall.

According to a new report, The Future of Jobs, which gathered data from surveys of CHROs and other strategy executives totaling 371 international employers, on behalf of more than 13 million employees.

Here are the Top 10 Skills in 2020 that these companies want from their employees and recruits:

  1. Complex Problem Solving

  2. Critical Thinking

  1. Creativity

  2. People Management

  3. Coordinating with others

  4. Emotional Intelligence

  5. Judgement and Decision Making

  6. Service Orientation

  7. Negotiation

  8. Cognitive Flexibility

This study correlates to other surveys detailing similar results for how important creativity will be to companies. In 2010, IBM surveyed 1,500 CEOs around the globe who voted creativity to be their most desirable workplace capability.

Let us compare this list to the Top 10 Skills in 2015 the companies wanted:

  1. Complex Problem Solving

  2. Coordinating with others

  3. People Management

  4. Critical Thinking

  5. Negotiation

  6. Quality Control

  7. Service Orientation

  8. Judgement and Decision Making

  9. Active Listening

  10. Creativity

Creativity is a skill that will be in higher demand for the foreseeable future by the worlds largest corporations.

Other high demand skills like Critical Thinking and Problem Solving also benefit from creativity and innovation, as these skills help companies maneuver ever-changing future obstacles.

Luckily, as is every skill on this list, creativity can be learned and enhanced over time.