Employee competence

Changes in organizational, technical and operational developments, structures and work content are constantly placing new demands on the qualifications of employees. What is required today is: Broad interdisciplinary knowledge and skills Broad specialist knowledge supports professional mobility. Solid foundations enable rapid familiarization with new, often interdisciplinary specialist areas and create a good basis for further training. Interdisciplinary knowledge is required because innovations today arise precisely at the interfaces of different systems and technologies.

In-depth expertise

In addition to a broad professional foundation, successful professional practice also requires in-depth specialist knowledge in selected specific areas.

Process-oriented thinking

Understanding technical and communication processes facilitates collaboration and enables efficient production and customer-oriented action.

Creativity and flexibility

In professional life, you are required to look at tasks from different perspectives and to develop optimal solutions based on your professional knowledge and skills. The willingness and ability to work on different tasks in parallel and to react quickly and easily to changing conditions are important characteristics for surviving in a rapidly changing environment.

Teamwork and communication skills

Tolerance, openness, the ability to compromise and the willingness to accept decisions are important factors for working on tasks together and form the basis for successful teamwork. Good oral and written communication skills make it easier to tackle projects together and communicate solutions. The ability to clearly illustrate, visualize and present relationships prevents misunderstandings that can have costly consequences.

Motivation and ability to learn

The will to perform, the ability to learn and the willingness to continue training and acquire new skills are now a fundamental requirement for all professional activities. (Based on: Hans Krebser, SVB Bulletin 8/02. Swissmem (ASM and VSM associations)

See also: Motivation; Work process; Leadership skills; Human capital; Know-how; Key skills; Further training; Employee management Reference to QET guidelines: Q01 Leadership skills; Q04 Employees; Q02 Social skills; Q05 Personal responsibility; Q18 Innovation; Q20 CIP; E05 Data protection

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