Let’s explore methods to measure soft skills
Measuring soft skills can be a challenging task, as they are often intangible and difficult to quantify. However, it is vital to assess these skills to identify areas for improvement and evaluate the effectiveness of training programs. In this blog post, we will discuss some ways to measure soft skills.
One way to measure soft skills is through self-assessment. This involves individuals evaluating their own abilities in areas such as communication, relationship, and pressure management, teamwork, and leadership. How can self-assessment be done? This is possible through the use of surveys and questionnaires, which can provide a baseline for identifying areas of strength and weakness (Balcar, 2014).
Another method for measuring soft skills is through the use of behavioral assessments. These assessments involve observing an individual in a simulated or real-life setting and evaluating their behavior in response to various situations. This can provide valuable insights into an individual’s ability to communicate, solve problems, and work well with others (Devedzic et al., 2018).
A third method for measuring soft skills is through the use of performance evaluations. In this approach, individuals are evaluated on their ability to demonstrate specific skills in the workplace. This can be done through the use of checklists, rating scales, or other tools that allow for the assessment of skills such as time management, adaptability, and conflict management (Balcar, 2014).
Overall, there are a variety of methods that can be used to measure soft skills. While no single approach is perfect, a combination of self-assessment, behavioral assessment, and performance evaluation can provide a well-rounded view of an individual’s soft skills.
At Morphoses we take the measurement of soft skills seriously. Thus, we have created a system combining self-assessment and assessment of behavior and performance of soft skills. More specifically, children complete a self-assessment scale of the soft skills they have learned at the end of each session. Afterward, our expert tutors complete behavioral and soft skills performance assessments of the learners.
It is important to note that the effectiveness of any assessment tool depends on the reliability and validity of the measures used. Reliability refers to the consistency of the results, whereas validity refers to the extent to which the tool measures what it is intended to measure. Therefore, it is essential to choose assessment tools that have been demonstrated to be reliable and valid through research.