To thrive in the workplace, emotional intelligence is key. Emotional Intelligence, Emotional Quotient, or EQ is not just another buzzword being thrown around in HR; it holds an important place in the workplace. What EQ emphasizes is simple; we are all human beings inside and outside of the office. This means we need to embrace elements of EQ such as self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and self-awareness. EQ is about embracing the place of human emotions in the workplace.
Today, employers are focusing beyond Intelligence Quotient as a measure of potential and capabilities. At MindStand we consult with business owners day and night about their hiring and employee retention strategies. Over the past several months we have seen attention shift from EQ to IQ. As intangible as EQ may appear, it has significant consequences on career success, quality of relationships, productivity, and overall happiness of an individual. According to Travis Bradberry, emotional intelligence is another form of survival. More than ever before, EQ is becoming a vital tool for success in the digital workplace.
Why is emotional intelligence now a hireable skill? Why have recruiters now scaped decade old hiring practice for an “intangible” attribute? Recruiters have realized that regardless of the number of degrees, certifications, and experience possessed by an individual, he or she is less likely to succeed without specific emotional skills.
What are the EQ Factors Needed In The Workplace
While in search of talents that can thrive in the workplace, recruiters are also looking out of the following EQ in the applicants;
· Self Awareness
Being self-aware, you are in tune with your weaknesses, strengths, and values. More importantly, there is also a knowledge of your drives, philosophy, and goals as an individual. All of these determine your intuition and instills self-confidence. There is also a yearning for constructive criticism to be better.
With a knowledge of what makes you tick, the strengths are built on, and the weaknesses are avoided.
Rather than allow your emotions to cripple you, it is redirected to productivity. Self-management, as an aspect of EQ, deals with how you can control disruptive moods and impulses. When on the brink of failure, rather than breakdown, you can identify the cause of failure and retrace your steps.
Also referred to as self-regulation, it is built on your ability to think before taking action, having to consider before making decisions.
An emotionally intelligent employee is always motivated. There’s always something that gets them up and doing at all times. They are neither motivated by money or position but are instead driven by inner ambitions and passion for success. The hallmarks of an emotionally intelligent employee is having a passion for what they do.
Always driven by optimism and ready to improve in their job description. They are not prepared to be told what do to; they are always a step ahead.
As part of the composition of an emotionally intelligent employee is the place of empathy, sympathy, and compassion. While making decisions, the feelings of others are considered. Which is what shows in the ability to hire top talents and work amidst top skills in the organization.
Being a compassionate person, the feelings of other employees are considered while making decisions and rendering services.
· Social Skills
Possession of people skills allows an employee to be able to cohabit in the same environment peacefully with others. This also brings about an environment where individuals encourage and practice mutual respect. In the end, there will be a workplace where everyone trusts in the skills and support of one another.
Most importantly, there is an absence of power struggles, backstabbing, and unhealthy competition in the workplace.
The Benefits of EQ in the Workplace
The ability to be creative and stay connected with others is the core message of EQ. The values of emotional intelligence are quite vast in areas of personal and professional success. There’s a lot EQ can add to any organization;
1. High Performance
Emotionally intelligent individuals have been proven to possess a drive and passion that shows in their productivity. Being a self-driven and focused individual, they are driven mainly by ambition, which is evident on the job.
2. Resilient Under Pressure
Employees with a high level of EQ perform with or without pressure. They can hold themselves together under pressure and deliver without excuses. Rather than see stress as a hindrance, the force is channeled towards high productivity.
3. Natural Leaders
When there is a need for leadership in the workplace, an individual with high EQ fits in naturally as a leader. They understand when to take charge and steer the team to success. They are also in tune with how to get their subordinates to be active and productive.
4. Learning and Re-Learning
Knowing the fluid nature of the workplace, individuals with high EQ are always ready to take up new knowledge and skills. They are not prepared to be left behind the race for knowledge. Which is why they learn even while others are not ready to acquire new skills.
5. Happy With Themselves
In the workplace, an individual with a high EQ radiates happiness and self-love at all times. They are in control of their happiness and would not allow anyone to cause them unhappiness. They handle negative vibes without allowing it to affect their job.
To be able to harness the skills of an emotionally intelligent employee, managers, and leaders to be able to operate with high EQ also.
The onus falls on HR managers to look at pairing individuals with high EQ into teams. When this is done, the result is always exceptional. At MindStand we have built an AI platform to help HR managers and executives alike understand their workplace’s EQ and the effect it has on productivity. Together, we have helped companies remain emotionally intelligent, one post at a time.