How emotions impact performance

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How emotions impact performance 

We see a lot of prejudices around emotions in the workplace, with staff and managers constantly urged to control them, so whether we like it or not, emotions are just as predominant in the workplace as in our private life. If we try to repress them or express them in a dysfunctional way, they really can affect our performance.

 

For example:

  • Fear of failure, stress or tiredness – can all lead to a decline in productivity and possibly getting signed off sick or burnt out
  • Interpersonal conflicts – studies show that managers spend 40% of their time resolving conflicts within their teams or with their superiors
  • Expressing satisfaction in your success – can cause jealousy among co-workers, however if we don’t celebrate our successes, how do we stay motivated?
  • During periods of change – boycotting emotions can lead to frustration which can compromise the project and the return on investment.

 

Big boys don’t cry

Society today is now trying to remove gender stereotypes, but the old saying ‘big boys don’t cry’ can still be heard today both in the playground and the boardroom. In the corporate world, many of us are still expected to be serious and in complete control of our feelings. Therefore showing emotions in the workplace is still considered a sign of weakness and so many of us are taught to repress our emotions and stay strong under pressure or stress.

We do now have a growing awareness of the importance of emotional intelligence for performance in the workplace and the emergence of neuroscience is showing how emotions are vital to the harmonious functioning of an individual.

 

Importance of emotional intelligence

It is predicted that in the next ten years, emotional intelligence will probably replace the old concept of ‘soft skills’ and this constitutes some key objectives within corporate coaching. Therefore, coaches have everything to gain from a good understanding of how emotions work, what emotional intelligence at work covers and how they themselves work from this point of view.

Teaching the fundamentals of coaching often involves a basic explanation of how we work and the link between thought, emotion and behavior. These three elements interact to form our perception of the world, so as a coach you will need to be well-versed in the subject and make optimal use of emotional intelligence in your coaching sessions.

 

Further reading:

We explore emotional intelligence in our exclusive ebook, available now in our online shop:

Ebook : Coaching Emotional Intelligence – This practical guide covers emotions, emotional intelligence and emotional intelligence in the workplace. We look at coaching emotional intelligence and share examples of how it can be tested. This ebook also includes a wheel of emotions handout to use in your coaching sessions.

 

We have also published a range of ebooks, games and kits to help you within your coaching sessions:

 

We constantly add content to the site, so please check our on-line shop and look at the full range of games, ebooks and kits. Or read some of the other blog posts written by our team of international coaches.

 

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