The NOT So Surprising Thing that Google Learned about Its Employees – And What It Means for Today’s Students

republished with permission of the National Soft Skills Organization

In an article in the Washington Post written by Valerie Strauss, The surprising thing Google learned about its employees –and what it means for today’s students, the Post explains what Google learned about its employees through their own research on hiring, firing, and promotion data accumulated since the company’s founding in 1998.  This results of this research project, called Project Oxygen, shocked everyone by concluding that among the eight most important qualities of Google’s top employees, STEM skills came in dead last.

The other seven qualities were all soft skills and include:

  • Being a good coach
  • Communication skills
  • Possessing insights into others and different values and points of view
  • Empathy toward one’s colleagues
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Drawing conclusions (making connections across complex ideas)

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