Boost Your Organization's Productivity Through Emotional Intelligence
When it comes to increasing productivity, companies often focus on hiring experts and meeting ambitious goals. However, a factor that’s more difficult to quantify can play a role as well: Emotional intelligence. Here are a few of the reasons why boosting emotional intelligence in your organization can increase productivity.
Studies have consistently shown that employees happy with their jobs are more productive than their less-satisfied counterparts, and emotional intelligence helps employees work through difficult times and show up to the job with a positive attitude. Nearly all employees will have their good days and bad days, and teaching emotional intelligence helps employees put in a good day’s work even if they’re having an off day.
Success in business demands excellent communication, but low levels of emotional intelligence can cause employees to talk past each other or fail to find ways to communicate well. As work becomes more collaborative over time, communication skills are becoming more highly valued, but even precise and regular communication can suffer if emotional well-being isn’t being considered adequately. Focus on teaching employees better awareness of both the group as a whole and individuals in it.
Employees can sometimes feel as if they’re stuck in a rut, which is a surefire way to sap ambition. Employees who’ve developed more emotional intelligence, and those who work with others with a higher level of emotional intelligence, typically become more ambitious over time. This ambition can lead to better results when promoting employees from within, and it can lead to employees dedicated to improving themselves in the workplace. Ambition can be contagious, and raising emotional intelligence will encourage its spread.
Intrateam communication is essential for success, but so is feedback between management and employees. Employees with high levels of emotional intelligence feel empowered to share their feedback with management, and this feedback can be essential for getting the most out of your employees. Furthermore, employees with high levels of emotional intelligence are better able to respond to feedback from management, and they’re more capable of utilizing this feedback to work more effectively. It’s important that employees at all levels value emotional intelligence; executives and upper management shouldn’t be exempt from emotional intelligence training.
Working With Third-Parties
No company is an island, and you’ll need to work with other companies to maximize your company’s productivity. Emotional intelligence will help your employees make the most of the relationships they foster with third parties, and it can help with sales and procurement. Working with third-parties requires being able to gauge interest and uncover concerns as early as possible. Emotional intelligence is an invaluable tool for these techniques.
Emotional intelligence isn’t easy to score on a test, and some people have a better aptitude than others. However, there are steps all organizations can take to ensure their employees are encouraged to develop their emotional intelligence. While the process of encouraging emotional intelligence development needs to be an ongoing one, the benefits across a wide range of areas are clear, and investments will pay off over time.
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