Having the right mix of skills is crucial to the success of individuals, businesses and societies. But do we fully understand the skills necessary for success?
DeakinCo. engaged Deloitte Access Economics to undertake an analysis of ‘soft skills’ in Australia (such as teamwork, communication and critical thinking) and the importance of these to business success. The report informs the national debate around the need for soft skills, and to better understand areas that need to be improved in the Australian workforce and businesses today and into the future.
We know soft skills are critical for a range of business functions, including customer interactions, maximising workforce potential and driving change overtime. They will also become more important in providing employees with the skills they need for the fast-changing digital era. Soft skills can impact productivity and lift national prosperity. And yet, the report is analysing why the workforce tends to under-report and under-invest in soft skills compared with technical skills.
DeakinCo. with Deloitte Access Economics released the report on 17 May 2017. At the launch there was a panel discussion that included:
- Professor Jane den Hollander AO, Vice-Chancellor, Deakin University
- John O'Mahony, Partner, Deloitte Access Economics
- Matt Tindale, Head of Enterprise APAC, LinkedIn
- Mark Stone, CEO, Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Download the report 'Soft skills for business success'.