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Soft Skills and Attitude More Important Than Technical Skills, Finds Bayt.Com Poll

Soft Skills and Attitude More Important Than Technical Skills, Finds Bayt.Com Poll

Middle East Company News

August 24, 2009

Employees that are hardworking and have a strong work ethic are likely to be promoted the fastest within an organisation according to the new employer online poll series conducted by the Middle East’s number one job site, Bayt.com, with 30% of employers agreeing that those committed to their work are likely to be most eligible for promotion.

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Leadership ability was also found to be a very desirable trait in an employee when it came to deciding which staff members to promote, with 19% of employers agreeing natural leaders are the fastest to move up the organisation’s career ladder.

Surprisingly, possessing a high IQ was considered less important among the employers surveyed – just 6% agreed that the most intelligent employees are promoted fastest, and contrary to popular belief, visibly putting in long hours does not guarantee a promotion; just 8% of employers agreed that those who stay after hours will be promoted faster than those who don’t.

The ‘Job seeker promotability’ July online poll series conducted by Bayt.com sought to understand from employers how they undertake the process of promoting employees, and what qualities they look for when assessing an employee’s ‘promotability’.