How Important really is EI at work?
The World Economic Forum ranked Emotional intelligence one of the top skills that employees need to possess to thrive in the modern workplace.
Research shows that Inspiration, respect and happiness =50% higher when the leader has strong EI skills. Employee engagement, purpose and meaning at work, creativity and innovations also significantly increase.
With a leader high in EI, frustration /anger /stress are 30%-40% less
Burnout, unethical behaviour, fear of speaking up, absenteeism and mental health problems are also all sig lower
With a leader high in EI, Employees say they feel inspired 75% of the time, compared to only 25% time when they have a leader low on EI. Think about that! Think of all that productivity /creativity that exists in businesses that have high EI, compared to their competitors who don’t. There’s your advantage right there. Investing in your EI doesn’t just improve your health and happiness, it will also give you the competitive edge in your market!
Research also found that those with high EI are 127 times more productive than those with low EI, and that EI is responsible for a hefty 58% of job performance. !!
The Evidence is clear. Businesses wishing to remain relevant /competitive cant ignore the power of emotions.
So, where do you sit on the EI scale?
Take some time to reflect and increase one aspect of Emotional Intelligence –self awareness – by asking yourself where you tend to react emotionally to things throughout your day, how different emotions influence the decisions you make and the actions you take, and where are the areas you could increase your emotional intelligence skills?