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Published On: Thu, Aug 6th, 2015

Workplace skills you need to know!

Toyin Komolafe

To cope in the real world, there are certain survival skills you will need- which will help you on the job. Employers lay a lot of emphasis on finding candidates with the right skills and competencies for their organisations, these general competences and behaviours are essential to function successfully in a work place.

Here are a few points that will aid you at work.
Communication skills

When stating a job requirement, you will observe “good communication skills” is always stated. Working in a corporate environment doesn’t mean you should bury your head into your work without learning to interact with people around you. Yes you will have deadlines to meet up with, saying hard work and diligence are very key factors in the workplace will be stating the obvious, however, you have to be approachable, those around you should find it easy to communicate with you and understand you.

Effective work communication isn’t talking about who dresses well, clubbing and what happened over the weekend. One of the things that will aid your communication is interacting humbly, it doesn’t matter if it is a top to bottom relationship, learn to appreciate people when they deserve it, be ready to apologise when you are wrong, be diplomatic when people offend you, of course you have to bare your mind but you do not have to be confrontational.

If the communication gap is missing, a lot of things can go wrong.  Your fellow employees won’t remember you for burying yourself in your work all day but based on the relationship you have built.


Negotiation skills
All human relationships are characterised by some sort of negotiation. Good negotiation skills is not only valuable for you at work but in your personal life. The principles of fairness, seeking mutual benefit and maintaining a relationship are the keys to a successful career.

You will have to negotiate with suppliers about rates, customers about price, employees about benefits and employers about promotion. You will need to continuously and constantly bargain and reach a mutually acceptable agreement, that is where negotiation comes in!

Writing skills


Have you ever wondered why people take writing courses and learn how to write in a formal and professional way? This is because an excellent writing skill will make you thrive in a corporate word. You may need to write reports, letters, requests and so on, you must be able to know how to make your point concisely and effectively.

Busy professionals simply don’t have time to read a thesis, so it is important you break your ideas down to their essential components before presenting them to your supervisor or colleagues, hence, you must learn how to be able to pass your ideas across in few words.

Organisation: This is about showing that you can prioritise, work efficiently and productively, and manage your time well. It’s also good to be able to show employers how you decide what is important to focus on and get done, and how you go about meeting deadlines.

Organisation: This is about showing that you can prioritise, work efficiently and productively, and manage your time well. It’s also good to be able to show employers how you decide what is important to focus on and get done, and how you go about meeting deadlines.

Time management

If there is anything you need to get out of your head, it is that thing called “African time.” Many employees and employers are guilty of this, they will never get to events and appointments at the right time because they feel it won’t start as at when scheduled. Learning to manage your time well will go a long way in helping you stay on top of your game.

You must also learn to have respect for other people’s time. The corporate world is so competitive that people are too busy trying to stay on top of their games, hence, you will need to think twice before barging into another person’s workplace. The fact that you are less busy at the moment doesn’t mean they are. You may decide to bring them up or send them a mail if it is official.
Networking skills

Truth be told, your network will determine how far you are going to climb your career ladder. You need to be able to develop a strong and positive network.  If you don’t have it, you will need to start learning the power of building relationships; this may help you in landing your dream job or aid your career progression. It is also important to seek out mentors in your field of interest and maintain those relationships.

However, relationships should not be one way or parasitic, people may start withdrawing from you when they know you will always need something from them. Remember, just like in any business, in any human relationship, you must also have something to bring to the table.


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