This is the heart of the employee game.
Skills are divided into Vocational and Business Skills. These Skills can be levelled up to Level 10 each.
Each employee has a chance to learn a New Vocational Skill each time he/she levels up.
This means that maximally, an employee would learn 1 New Vocational Skill for each level to Level 10, resulting in 10 Vocational Skills - this is extremely rare.
The Vocational Skills are:
What are they for? Vocational Skills are used in
Often, you will see that filling a certain Position in say a Landmark will require a certain number of Vocational Skills - In this example below, this Memorial Park requires 5 Vocational Skills, shown here circled in red. These icons stand for Supervision, Negotiation, Bookkeeping, Compliment, and Sales. This means the employee hired here will need these 5 skills, no other!
Molly is the first employee at the Memorial Park above and has fulfilled the requirements of all 5 skills and at Level 2 each, shown circled in red.
Often these requirements also have a Level requirement. For example, the second employee at the memorial park will require ALL the five skills to be at Level 3.
As you can see, the ticked employee only has 3 skills, and only 1 of which fits the 5 Skill profile required, and even then, is not high Level enough. Wanda has Level 1 of Bookkeeping, where Level 3 is required. She has none of the other skills required, but does have Reception and Interpersonal skills.
So on and so forth.
So we've spoken about Vocational Skills. What are Business Skills?
There are five Business skills:
As far as I know, they do not differ from each other at all. But how do employees get them, you ask?
By conversion using tokens. The employee must convert existing Vocational Skills into Business Skills. They can relearn these Vocational Skills by chance when they next level.
The rate of conversion is given below.
|Business Change No.||Token Cost|
|First skill converted||8|
|Second skill converted||16|
|Third skill converted||32|
|Fourth skill converted||64|
|Fifth skill converted||128|
So what do these Business Skills do? They serve only one purpose as far as I know - increasing shop perks as the manager. Each Level in a Business Skill provides 20 + 1% Perk if the employee is the manager.
For example, Pearl Fast, my manager for Fox Cosmetics, has 5 Geniality, 5 Compatibility and 10 Positivity. This equates to 20 Business Skill Levels - this provides 21% * 20 Perk = 400 + 20% Perk.
The extra 3% from the number highlighted in purple comes from 1 of Pearl's Vocational Skill and Two other employees with 1 skill each.
There are other things to know about Skills, for example, the cost of levelling each and Education, but I'll leave that for a later date.
I hope this introduction to Employees gives you a better basic understanding of what to look for in your new hirelings. As usual, I leave discovering the best strategy to hiring/firing/training to you - is it better to hire all Secondary Talents and try to get good employees there, knowing that your wages will be low or is it better to hire International Headhunts to likely shorten the time to get good employees?