Soft Skills That Will Matter Most in 2021


This year has put companies and individuals to the test. Due to the pandemic, many have been forced to work remote and find their footing in this new normal. As we look ahead to 2021, it’s necessary to take a look at what individuals are doing well and what they need to improve.

While many of us needed to cultivate new hard skills this year (like learning how to use Zoom), there are soft skills that may help us thrive in the long-term. Being able to illustrate soft skill strengths will make a huge impact in 2021. We put together a list of our top 5:

Adaptability: With COVID putting a strain on companies’ normal operations, it has become apparent that being adaptable to changing circumstances is a must. If you are resistant to change or struggle to develop solutions, it can be tricky to move forward as a leader. And during the pandemic, where so much is still up in the air, you need to be adaptive to the new normal of organizing meetings, communicating with employees and clients, and keeping the ball moving forward.

Work Ethic: Work ethic is one of the most valuable characteristics in the professional world, regardless of your industry. Individuals that have a strong personal drive are not only in high demand, but they are integral to ensuring teams and companies are productive. Especially now, when most communication is virtual, being responsible for your actions and deadlines is more important than ever.

Communication: As many businesses continue to operate in a fully remote work environment, communication remains imperative. Those who can thrive through online communication and not miss a beat, will succeed in 2021 and beyond.

Time Management: Time management skills have a massive impact on employee productivity and well-being, especially when working remote. Employees who prioritize their tasks and manage their time, stay in control of their workload and getting distracted at home.

Creativity Curiosity: When we hear creativity, we instinctively think about art and design. But finding a new solution to an old problem is also a sign of creativity. So is figuring out a way to differentiate your business from the competition. Creativity is the vision behind breakthrough technology and profitable business strategies. For your workplace to evolve, you need all the curious, creative minds you can get. You need employees with skills like these who are also not set in their ways but are always learning and striving for improvement.