BOOST Your Emotional Intelligence At Work

by blogadmin 31. July 2018 00:57

Carol Helsel | HR & Recruiting Edition | July 31, 2018

 

Most people know it's not a good idea to be highly emotional at work. Emotional intelligence or EQ is the ability to identify and manage our emotions. Have you considered, though, our ability to manage other people's emotions? Or what type of emotion we should display for any given situation?

Research suggests that people who are more emotionally intelligent are also more successful at work, in relationships, and stay healthier. Psychologists say it's not easy to improve, but if you are brave and motivated enough to want to learn how others see you, you can make positive changes.

Below are listed first 10 of "21 Quick and Easy Ways to Boost Your Emotional Intelligence". Check them out and get a good start onto becoming more emotionally healthy. Do take some more time to read the full article as it is very valuable to overall leadership and personal growth. 

1. Pick one area below to improve on.

2. Surround yourself with people who don't necessarily agree with you.

3. Find a "career" mirror or friend to help you reflect on your emotions.

4. Assign someone to be your "loving critic" at work.

5. Try to see things from another's perspective.

6. Give people the benefit of the doubt.

7. Ask people directly what they are feeling.

8. Learn to empathize without getting overly emotionally invested.

9. Pretend to be humble.

10. Know what sets you off and watch for it. 

Personal Challenge:  What area did you pick to begin working on? How about picking someone to serve as your "career mirror" or "loving critic"? Talk to that person today to begin seeing yourself as others see you.

If You Don't Help Me Grow, I May Look For Another Job.

by blogadmin 30. May 2018 02:02

Many employers thought that once the recession was over, the practice of hiring and retaining employees would return to post-recession norms. Though, this has not been the case. Surveys have shown that employees throughout North America feel they are working in a high stress environment and if there was not a fear of "not finding something better", more employees would be leaving their jobs.

This has happened because companies are not working to develop their current talent. Employees are feeling overworked, unhappy, and underappreciated in their current fields. To mitigate your turnover rates there are 3 things you can change:

(1) Conduct a talent audit. It is vital to get a clear picture of more than job role, salary, performance reviews, and hire dates. Companies need to evaluate their staff to identify unique or highly specialized skills and competencies, job history, potential successors, a career path, aspirations, certifications, rewards and compensation plan. Gathering this information can provide valuable insight into actions needed to promote retention and engagement.

(2) Engage and retain your current team. Research has proven that engagement comes from the employee's relationship with their peers and supervisors along with opportunities to develop master. Employers should be creating the right conditions for employee self-direction.

(3) Lastly, optimize your sourcing, recruiting, onboarding and training programs. An employer must know their employees. This begins by optimizing the hiring process and identifying the employee's risks and rewards. by profiling skills, competencies, behaviors, and jog history of top performers, employees can identify what an ideal candidate looks like. The use of technology can simplify any business' talent intelligence. Understanding what the company has to offer and having the data to back it up will prevent dysfunctional turnover, unnecessary spending, and undesired suffering. 

Wilkins, D. (2013 January). What You Need To Know About Post-Recession Talent Management. Workspan, 33-37. 

You Say You're Approachable?

by blogadmin 25. April 2018 04:43

Rhoda Kreuzer | Special Communication Edition | April 25, 2018

At times, we can all come across with an aloof attitude or seem put out. We all have our moments, but some dwell in Sourville. Your ability to connect with people and stay connected is directly determined on how approachable you are. Simon Sinek puts it another way in his Ted Talk, "Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe".

Colleagues and customers will marginalize you if you lack approachability. Family and friends may even disconnect from you if they cannot gain your attention, if you always seem moody, appear constantly busy, or put yourself on a pedastal. If people cannot trust the consistency of your attitude and moods, they simply will not trust you. They will stop approaching you and communications shut down. No communications means no team work.

Personal Challenge: 

Take a short quiz published by Mindtools.com to get an idea of just how approachable you are. Score yourself and then think about the suggested strategies for becoming more approachable in 4 different areas: Look Available, Listening Skills, Verbal Communication, and Body Language. Focus most on where your score is low. What simple change to the way your manage or communicate will make the most impact? 

     

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