Target Language report, 1 January 2018
Here is an excerpt:
The Washington Post recently reported on a 2013 Google study of its hiring, firing, and promotion data since 1998. The study, called Project Oxygen, shockingly concluded that "among the eight most important qualities of Google's top employees, STEM expertise comes in dead last."
So, what came out on top? "The seven top characteristics of success at Google are all soft skills: being a good coach; communicating and listening well; possessing insights into others (including others different values and points of view); having empathy toward and being supportive of one's colleagues; being a good critical thinker and problem solver; and being able to make connections across complex ideas."
The soft skills valued by employers are byproducts of foreign language acquisition.