Swiss Digital Days 2020 - Online Workshop: Update your digital soft skills

05/11/2020
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Initiatives of Change Switzerland held a one-hour online workshop on 3 November 2020 on the topic of soft digital skills.

Digitalization has been taking place for years, but with the rise of the pandemic in 2020, many of us have seen our screen time explode. The use of messaging services and social media has increased by 45 per cent worldwide. To adapt, we have had to develop new hard skills and learn how to use new technologies. But have we also updated our digital soft skills?

Soft skills are non-technical skills that relate to behaviour. Emotional self-regulation, critical thinking, empathy and respectful communication are valued, especially in the work environment. As we spend more time online, it is important to bring these soft skills with us. This workshop invited participants to reflect on whether their online behaviour was in line with their core personal values.

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Forty-four people from all over the world took part. After meeting fellow participants in small virtual hang-out rooms and after a brief introduction from Annika Hartmann de Meuron, Programme Manager of Ethical Leadership in Business, we were invited to become aware of our digital habits by answering a poll.

It included such questions as ‘Do you spend more time with “virtual people” than real people? Do you keep checking your phone because you have FOMO (fear of missing out)?’

The session was moderated by Rainer Gude, Co-Director General of IofC Switzerland, who read us a short story about James Bond in lockdown, spending a lot of time on his digital devices and wondering whether he was making the best use of them. After a self-assessment of what values were most important to us personally, we reflected in silence on whether our online habits were in line with them. We then shared our insights with other participants in break-out rooms.

People of all ages from all over the world engaged in a lively discussion on digital habits. We hope the workshop will inspire many to cultivate their digital soft skills.

 

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