Task Skills refer to a combination of general abilities, knowledge, talents and expertise a person possesses to perform a typical task or job. They are common skills that are necessary to accomplish common jobs and tasks. Task skills are distinguished from more occupation-specific skills and competencies that are required for specialists to do their unique and specific jobs.
Just like any other kind of skills, task skills can be acquired and improved through learning and practice. Every employee is supposed to develop his/her skills that are required for doing assigned duties and jobs. As much time and expertise employees invest in skill development and practice, as much proficiency and experience they gain.
Here are some examples of task skills:
- Task Planning – a composition of general skills and abilities to set goals, determine resources and schedule events related to certain tasks.
- Time management – common skills that help employees schedule their tasks and working hours.
- Problem solving – an ability to solve task-based issues and problems.
- Practical skills – using tools, computers, software, equipment or/and technology in task management.
- Negotiation – a set of skills to communicate with colleagues and seniors to discuss certain tasks and come to agreement.