Social skills are the ability to interpret situations correctly and behave accordingly. In job environment it means polishing one's manners to suit the professional work environment. It is estimated that 80% of people who are fired from their job, are fired because they lack social skills. Hence to succeed in today's competitive work environment it is very important to develop social skills.
We begin developing our social skills from the time we are born and from then it is a never ending journey. As we grow older, we learn how to interact with family and friends. In a work environment social skills include: speaking politely with grace and confidence to everyone, having a good dress sense, cooperating with other in the job and being a team player, looking into peoples' eyes while speaking, maintaining your calm and poise in pressure situations and so on.
While some people are born with a flair for social skills not everyone, however, is endowed with good social skills. Social skills can be developed with a little practice. Here are some useful tips on how to develop social skills.