Do graduates have the social and emotional skills to succeed in the workplace

Address the skills gap and turn your graduate hires into top performers

Today’s graduates are tomorrow’s leaders. But although they might have the right technical skills to perform well, 80% of HR Directors said finding graduates with the necessary social and emotional skills is a struggle. How can HR develop Generation Y into the performers they need?

In our latest survey on emotional and social competencies, we spoke to 450 HR Directors and 450 recent graduates in China, India and the US. There’s some sharp contrasts in attitudes between HR and millennials, pointing to a worrying misalignment of what businesses need and what graduates are able to deliver when they first enter the workplace.

While 92% of HR Directors said they believe emotional and social skills are increasingly important as globalization accelerates and organizational structures change, 69% of graduates said that soft skills ‘get in the way of getting the job done’ and that they’re confident they’ll succeed at work regardless. Countering this, 83% of HR Directors stated that graduates who didn’t quickly acquire emotional and social skills at work would never become high performers.

How you can bridge the gap

With such a disconnect between what HR Directors and millennials value in the workplace it’s clear that graduates need to develop their emotional and social skills. Fortunately, these skills can be learned. But the onus is on HR to develop their graduates into the performers they need.

Understand how this disconnect is happening and where you can bridge the gap with our latest infographic and whitepaper.

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For a more in-depth understanding of how to develop your graduates’ emotional and social competencies, download our new whitepaper now.

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Do graduates have the social and emotional skills to succeed in the workplace

Today’s graduates are tomorrow’s leaders. But although they might have the right technical skills to perform well, 80% of HR Directors said finding graduates with the necessary social and emotional skills is a struggle. How can HR develop Generation Y into the performers they need?