Employee training is often seen as a luxury, especially if the workforce is being streamlined to cut costs. But a lack of investment in employee training in order to save costs can have the opposite effect. A well-trained workforce can improve business productivity and efficiency, drive innovation and development and vastly alter a customer’s perception of the business. We’ve identified the seven deadly skills that every modern employee should have in their skill set. This paper highlights those general soft skills that are vitally important for the prosperous, innovative and efficient business.