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Consensus among employers is that innovation, critical thinking, and a broad skill set are important for taking on complex challenges in the workplace

This chart shows the degree to which employers surveyed agreed with a set of statements about employees/future hires:

57 percent strongly agree and 38 percent somewhat agree with the statement: "Our company puts a priority on hiring people with the intellectual and inter-personal skills that will help them contribute to innovation in the workplace."

59 percent strongly agree and 34 percent somewhat agree with the statement: "A candidate's demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems is more important than their undergraduate major."

52 percent strongly agree and 41 percent somewhat agree with the statement: "Our company is asking employees to take on more responsibilities and to use a broader set of skills than in the past."

51 percent strongly agree and 41 percent somewhat agree with the statement: "Innovation is essential to our company/organization's continued success."

50 percent strongly agree and 41 percent somewhat agree with the statement: "The challenges employees face within our company are more complex today than they were in the past."