Why are employees forced or directed to pay more focus in learning to soft skills instead of improving technical skill particularly in industries?
Young engineers when recruited spend more time in the office preparing for presentations and learning soft skills, than they do visiting plant sites to see the actual problems at work sites with equipment, and ways of handling them.
Employees who are vocal or eloquent in speaking are promoted and rewarded even though they have no technical knowledge or appreciation of the extent of the problem.
HUMAN RESOURCE department (who discourage the learning of technical skill and encourage learning of soft skill) is responsible for increase the cost of product in manufacturing industries.
Because you cannot rectify the problem of a machine by simply speaking with eloquence in front of a problematic machine, you must have technical skill.
For the last decade there is too much involvement of HR in recruiting suitable candidates, which is badly affecting the growth of Least Developed Countries because due to lack of technical skill they are dependent on Venders from developed nations.
HR department is supporting the developed countries by indulging employees of LDCs in learning soft skills instead of encouraging to learn technical skill.
As per John Adam Smith in “The Real Wealth of Nation” Skilled people are the real wealth of nation not people with speaking power.
There should be both elements in any learning process. A fusion of the theoretical and practical, the soft skills and the technical, will be required by any successful company.
HR staff will be more familiar with soft skills than technical. Maybe your company needs someone with technical skills in HR.
it is really up to the managers who are recruiting to specify the calibre of people that they need, and to design induction and training schemes that are appropriate for them to become effective in their jobs.
They need to influence matters, HR only work to a brief supplied to them by management. Maybe the management don’t give this the attention it deserves, so HR do what they know best.
I presume you are involved in a technical capacity, perhaps you can bring your influence to bear in your company. And maybe in your country by giving voice to your concerns through trade or professional bodies.
Hope this is helpful