- Seeking clarification for unclear instructions,
- Getting to work on time,
- Not touching others inappropriately,
- Dealing appropriately with critical feedback, and
- Interacting appropriately with customers and/or clients.
The researchers suggested that the social skills identified in the study can be used as a starting point to assess a student's employment-related social skills and set goals for teaching. They also recommend that students practices these skills in both classroom and community settings to facilitate generalization.
Their suggested teaching sequence for teaching employment-related social skills is:
- Explain the rationale for learning the skill,
- Present situations where the skill will be needed,
- Model the skill for the student,
- Provide opportunities for the student to practice the skill.
- Provide feedback to the student,
- Allow the student to evaluate and reflect on their own performance, and
- Practice this skill in natural work settings.
This is a very brief overview of the article. For detailed information about how the study was conducted and what they found, please read the complete article:
"Employment Social Skills: What Skills Are Really Valued?"
By Martin Agran, Carolyn Hughes, Colleen A. Thoma, and LaRon A. Scott
Journal: Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals
Volume 39, Number 2, May 2016
Pages 111 - 120