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OI Partners Atlanta News Release: Employers Seeking Workers With Skills To Help Build Competitive Edge

Atlanta – With the economy and job market continuing to slowly improve, more employers are shifting their focus from survival mode to gaining a competitive advantage, according to The Frontier Group/OI Partners.

“Employers want workers who can help them capitalize on the improved economy and benefit from opportunities presented by less competitively skilled and structured companies. They are looking for workers with skills to help them to quickly grow their businesses, cut their costs and improve their operations,” said Patrick Lynch, Managing Partner of The Frontier Group/OI Partners.

“The lower unemployment rate and improved economy represent good and bad news for job-seekers. While there are generally more jobs available, there is even more competition for them. This is putting added pressure on employees to possess ‘must-have’ skills,” added Lynch.

The Frontier Group/OI Partners recently surveyed its clients and consultants to compile a list of qualities that employers feel will help them gain a competitive edge. These include:

1. Multi-tasking. Employers want workers who can perform several duties simultaneously and don’t have the time or patience for “one-job” employees anymore. To get hired and succeed once aboard, workers need to be able to handle whatever must be done – not only the duties in their job descriptions.

2. Big-picture perspective. This “big-picture” viewpoint includes a thorough understanding of the company’s mission and purpose and how each employee’s job and the work of their department impacts the organization as a whole.

3. Decisiveness. Decisive employees take the initiative to identify and resolve problems and examine existing issues in new and different ways. Employees who can think critically and make decisions cut down on micro-management and free up time for matters that affect the entire organization.

4. Flexibility. Routines have become relics of the past. Flexibility in all aspects of work is now essential. Employees need to adapt to change, be open to new ideas, take on new responsibilities, cope with pressure, and adjust plans to meet changing needs.

5. Problem-solving. Employees need to comprehend the difference between critical and unimportant details, grasp underlying issues, and be able to simplify problems by breaking them down into smaller components and processing them.

6. Teamwork. Teams may now include four generations and the ability to work with all in a variety of settings is vital. Workers must balance their own responsibilities with interests of the team, respect group goals, and share knowledge and expertise with others easily and frequently.

7. Sense of urgency. Employees who display a sense of urgency instill this in others, prioritize effectively, beat deadlines, exhibit high energy and aggressively explore opportunities.

8. Passion. Employees need to be as passionate about their jobs as their bosses. People perform better when they are connected to and believe in the mission and purpose of their employers.

9. Above and beyond duties. The willingness to contribute extra effort and go above and beyond job requirements is becoming indispensable. Employers want workers who persistently search for ways to add value.

10. Long-term career with employer. With the number of workers voluntarily quitting their jobs up for the past four straight years, employers are increasingly seeking employees who want to stay with them. Workers who regard their jobs as a learning opportunity and value the experience they acquire more than their pay checks are gaining a competitive edge over other job-seekers.

About OI Partners OI Partners is a leading global coaching and leadership development and consulting firm that helps individuals find new careers and employers to improve the performance of their employees and organizations. OI Partners specializes in outplacement programs, and executive coaching

Media Contact:
Patrick Lynch
Managing Partner
The Frontier Group/OI Partners
4360 Chamblee Dunwoody Road – Suite 100
Atlanta, GA 30341
(770) 455-1244