The general sentiment is that it is now reasonable to start thinking about what the world post-COVID will look like. This is especially true for companies and workers as they either slowly go back to the office, or they start looking for new opportunities and evaluating remote work arrangements.
For workers this means assessing their current skill set and determining the areas in which they are strong, and those aspects that could use a little refreshing or a full-on upgrade.
But self-reflection is just the starting point. As we move forward in the future of work, it is important that workers know which skills will be the most desirable in the post-COVID workplace in order to focus their effort towards acquiring those skills which will be most beneficial for them in the long run.
Here is a list of some of the most desirable skills, hard and soft, for workers post covid:
Artificial intelligence has been considered one of the most desirable hard skills for workers in 2020 and it will continue to be an area in which companies will be looking to invest their research and development budgets for years to come.
One of the biggest lessons that companies learned during the covid-19 pandemic is that they need to have people on board who are able to think critically and offer solutions to many types of problems. Problem solving is a soft skill that is in great demand right now and will remain important to companies if they want to navigate the post covid world effectively.
Finding trends and finding answers to complex questions will be a very important skill to have in the post covid world. As the world enters uncharted territories and the noise around every single issue grows, companies will be looking for workers who are able to analyze an ever-growing amount of data and find meaning within the chaos.
People with high emotional intelligence have been vital for companies during these uncertain and tense times. This soft skill enables workers to be able to not only manage their own emotions, but also recognize what those around them are going through. When stress runs high companies turn to these workers for their ability to empathize with people and keep spirits high, even during times of crisis.
As sales suddenly moved entirely to the online sphere, digital marketing skills gained much more importance than they ever had. Search engine optimization experts, community managers, Facebook and google ad experts, content marketing consultants, content writers, and everybody involved in the exciting world of digital marketing, will see their status rise during 2020 and beyond.
What is the point in having the best digital marketing team, and a fantastic product, if it is all but impossible to make transactions online with your company? Companies with robust e-commerce platforms have gained the upper hand when it comes to sales during the pandemic, and it is very likely that e-commerce experts will be in high demand in the long run.
2020 has been filled with rapid changes. Workers went from working entirely at a traditional office to fully remote workers almost overnight. Operations were hastily rearranged in order to keep everybody safe while struggling to stay afloat in those harsh months after the start of the pandemic. This was a situation where those who possessed the soft skill of adaptability were able to thrive. As we slowly head into 2021, adaptability will remain an important skill to have.