While some believe that workers either have or don’t have certain transferable skills, this author argues that transferable workplace skills can and should be taught explicitly.
The argument in “Can You Train for Attention to Detail?” is that staff can be trained to improve their attention to detail, thereby reducing costly mistakes. The author posits that there are three types of attention to detail: contrastive, analytical, and additive. The author also identifies five fundamental areas in which skills can be enhanced through training: focus, system, knowledge, interest, and attitude. While previously supposed to be an inherent trait, this article suggests that attention to detail can be taught and that employers should design staff training with this idea at the core.