Policy Papers

Social and emotional learning benefits business and communities by ensuring that workers have key qualifications like self-motivation, time management, communication, problem solving, and relationship building, that are critical to success. 


Social, emotional, and academic competencies are increasingly demanded in the American workplace, which puts a premium on the ability to work in diverse teams, to grapple with difficult problems, and to adjust to rapid change.

  • The current labor market requires employees to have social and emotional skills more than any other recent trend in workforce demands. Growth in jobs that require mastery of SEL skills outpaces growth of all other jobs. National Bureau of Economic Research 2016
  • 92% of surveyed executives say skills such as problem-solving and communicating clearly are equally or more important than technical skills. (LinkedIn Talent Solutions 2019)
  • The top 10 skills identified by the World Economic Forum all involve social and emotional competence: complex problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, people management, coordinating with others, emotional intelligence, judgment and decision-making, service orientation, negotiation, cognitive flexibility.
  • 91 percent of employers believe social and emotional skills are very important to the future of work, more than any other trend changing the nature of workplaces e.g., artificial intelligence, remote learning), recruiting, and hiring around the world.
  • 80 percent of employers said these skills are increasingly important to company success. (LinkedIn Talent Solutions, 2019)
  • Bloomberg’s Recruiter Report showed leadership, communication, and problem-solving skills as among the most sought after but least common skills across industries. (Bloomberg, 2019)