EQ Predicts Job Performance: The 7 Traits That Help Managers Relate

EQ Predicts Job Performance: The 7 Traits That Help Managers Relate

According to Forbes, the evidence that Emotional intelligence is linked to job performance is clear.  The problem is that no-one can agree what it is about EQ that actually makes the difference to performance, until now. Source A recent study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology looked at the results of 36 separate pieces of research into the relationship between self-reported EQ and job performance (measured via supervisor ratings), with an overall data set from 2,168 employed adults. Via a sophisticated bit of number crunching, the authors were able to conclude that there is a strong correlation between EQ and job performance.  More interestingly, they found that there were 7 traits that made […]

How Emotional Intelligence Can Boost Your Career

How Emotional Intelligence Can Boost Your Career

Emotional intelligence (EQ) is the «something» in each of us that is a bit intangible. It affects how we manage behavior, navigate social complexities, and make personal decisions that achieve positive results. Emotional intelligence is your ability to recognize and understand emotions in yourself and others, and your ability to use this awareness to manage your behavior and relationships. Source Emotional intelligence can make your career Decades of research now points to emotional intelligence as the critical factor that sets star performers apart from the rest of the pack. It’s a powerful way to focus your energy in one direction with a tremendous result. TalentSmart tested emotional intelligence alongside 33 […]

What is Emotional Intelligence | EQ?

What is Emotional Intelligence | EQ?

Emotional intelligence refers to a person’s abilities and awareness of personal and interpersonal emotions, communication, and relationships. In other words, it’s a social science word applied to how well people do in relationships with others, and how well they understand and manage emotions. It’s a term that was coined in the 1995 book by Daniel Goleman, Emotional Intelligence. Source The book is regularly updated and remains a popular reference for this kind of work. Forbes describes the 4 key areas of Emotional Intelligence in this way:  Self-awareness Recognizing your own emotional state and the effect your emotions are having on you Self-management Using what you know about your emotional states to inform the actions you […]

Is a Workplace Massage Program Right for your Office?

Is a Workplace Massage Program Right for your Office?

There is a lot to consider when answering this question. And though there may be a lot of reasons to move forward with a program like this, there are also some real things to evaluate to make sure that it’s a good fit for your corporate culture, your budget, and business. Source Four Reasons a Workplace Massage Program Would Not Be a Good Fit   1.  Make sure you have room to grow the massage program. Along the lines of the point listed above, if you have a set budget and the program grows in popularity (which it always does) or your company is in growth mode, you might find that there aren’t enough time slots […]

Making Your Company Wellness Program Work

Making Your Company Wellness Program Work

3 Must-Haves For a Successful Corporate Wellness Program In all the work we’ve done to help companies keep employees stress-free and happy, it always comes back to the wellness program. But how can you make a corporate wellness program that really works?  In this article, we’ll cover these basic areas of wellness that will keep employees on the right track and your ROI high.  Source According to an article from BenefitsPro, a top priority for millennial workers is addressing stress reduction and sources of stress, such as financial concerns.  Addressing these 3 key areas will ensure your corporate wellness program is appealing and useful to your people.  Health and Physical Wellness Keeping employees physically […]

The 6 Habits of Highly Effective HR Professionals

The 6 Habits of Highly Effective HR Professionals

HR is in the midst of a paradigm shift. Smart companies know that in our modern service and information economies, people are actually our most valuable assets. As such, HR has taken on an increasingly front-line, strategic function, and is as important as finance, sales, marketing, or operations. So what does this mean for today’s crop of HR professionals? Source To put it bluntly, your job is harder than ever. Not only are you expected have to have a solid foundation in the traditional areas of HR expertise, but you have a whole new set of skills and responsibilities to master, and a whole host of additional considerations. Now you […]

Creating a Workplace Culture People Love

Creating a Workplace Culture People Love

Improving workplace culture is a thorny issue for most business leaders. It’s something that they probably know is important, but can’t quite get a handle on. Finance, strategy, product development, operations – those are the tangible, measurable elements of their business. But Culture? That’s the definition of the “soft stuff,” the stuff they probably skimmed over in business school, the stuff that makes their eyes glaze over whenever speakers bring it up at conferences. Source However, more and more leaders are learning it’s no coincidence that the biggest, best, and most innovative companies also happen to have great cultures. In fact, so often these companies are great precisely because they have […]

Creating a Workplace Culture People Love

Creating a Workplace Culture People Love

Improving workplace culture is a thorny issue for most business leaders. It’s something that they probably know is important, but can’t quite get a handle on. Finance, strategy, product development, operations – those are the tangible, measurable elements of their business. But Culture? That’s the definition of the “soft stuff,” the stuff they probably skimmed over in business school, the stuff that makes their eyes glaze over whenever speakers bring it up at conferences. Source However, more and more leaders are learning it’s no coincidence that the biggest, best, and most innovative companies also happen to have great cultures. In fact, so often these companies are great precisely because they have […]

Work-Life Balance is Dead | Here is why we should aim for work-life integration instead

Work-Life Balance is Dead  |  Here is why we should aim for work-life integration instead

Once upon a time, work took place outside of the home during designated hours. Today, that world is a fairy tale. If you checked your work email this past weekend, you’re likely aware that at most companies there is an unspoken expectation that employees tend to emails at all hours. Ron Friedman, Ph.D. is a social psychologist specializing in human motivation Source: PsychologyToday.com It would be easy to blame heartless managers or short-sighted CEOs for the collapsing boundaries between work and life. But the causes of this cultural shift are far more complex. As human beings, we thrive on feeling needed. Neurologically, certain elements of work can be addictive. Studies […]

Forbes: The Truth About Employee Well-Being: Research Shows What Really Works

Forbes: The Truth About Employee Well-Being: Research Shows What Really Works

It turns out, a basket of fresh apples and an awe-inspiring motivational poster don’t count as a comprehensive wellness plan. But, according to research, it also turns out that comprehensive wellness plans alone often fall short of truly impacting an employee’s overall well-being—a concept that encompasses much more than just physical health. Source | David Sturt and Todd Nordstrom As a disclaimer, we don’t have anything against apples and motivational posters. In fact, we’re huge fans of comprehensive wellness programs—those that provide a laser-tight focus on physical health and include healthy snacks, fitness routines, and comprehensive information that could help employees improve their own health. However, new research reveals that when […]