As we look towards the future of work in 2024, we asked six experts what they believe will be the most sought-after skill by employers. From nurturing soft skills for future success to preparing for AI proficiency, discover the key skills these leaders are focusing on and how their organizations are preparing to identify and nurture these skills in candidates.
I think the one skill that will be most sought-after by employers in 2024 will be soft skills. As the workforce welcomes the younger generations, there are basic people skills that are lacking and need to be taught. Anyone, regardless of education or technical ability, will need to know these skills in order to be successful. To nurture this skill, we will focus on leadership skills, customer service expectations and explicitly teach our crew how we expect our guests to be treated.
Training and Development Manager
Adaptability and Resilience
In 2024, one of the most sought-after skills by employers is adaptability and resilience. The rapidly changing global landscape, technological advancements, and unexpected events like the Covid-19 pandemic have shown the importance of adaptability and resilience in the workplace.
Employers value individuals who can quickly adjust to new circumstances, learn new skills and bounce back from setbacks. Employers will focus more on soft skills and real-world challenges as they equip candidates to excel in a constantly changing job market, ensuring they meet the expectations of future employers.
Senior Executive Consultant – Head of FinTech Engineering Search, EC1 Partners
Productivity Amid Uncertainty
One skill employers will probably seek in 2024 is the ability to stay productive in times of uncertainty. With climate change, wars and health crises, maintaining productivity can become difficult, especially when you’re physically in a difficult environment. As an accountability-partner service, our job is to make sure people are able to achieve what they want to in the face of such external pressures.
Founder, Boss as a Service
With the increasing automation of creative and business processes, effective cross-channel communication will become a coveted skill for most employers. Being able to communicate effectively with a mix of internal and external stakeholders, using a growing number of digital and in-person communications channels, remains a valuable skill that can enable teamwork, innovation and business success.
At Connect Vending, we continue to focus on a variety of soft skills, such as leadership development and communication training, for every single person in the organization, regardless of their role or function. Besides helping people enhance their skills, investing in these abilities helps us deliver the highest-quality customer service to our clients and prospective customers—something which we pride ourselves on.
Digital Marketing Manager, Connect Vending
I think one sought-after skill will be to be an excellent communicator. In today’s day and age, it’s easy to hide behind a screen. Those who I’ve seen become successful are excellent communicators and excellent listeners. Our organization prepares by offering excellent communication training specific to the medical device industry.
As we navigate the digital frontier, one skill stands out as a beacon of future potential: proficiency with artificial intelligence (AI) platforms. Integrating AI into various sectors is not just a trend; it’s a transformation. By 2024, employers will be actively seeking individuals who can harness the power of AI, leveraging its capabilities to drive innovation, efficiency and growth.
Our organization has embarked on a proactive journey in anticipation of this shift. We’ve initiated a specialized training program, “AI Mastery,” designed to equip our team with the nuances of AI platforms.
Furthermore, we prioritize candidates who demonstrate familiarity and a passion for AI-driven solutions during our recruitment process. By fostering a culture of continuous learning and emphasizing the significance of AI, we’re ensuring that our agency remains at the forefront of technological advancements, ready to meet the demands of tomorrow.