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EQ Practices for Professionals

M.E.E.T. Methods
30 Oct 2018

EQ Practices for Professionals

What are some methods that you can implement in your daily life to increase your emotional intelligence and create a more wholesome work environment?

  • Collaboration with peers
  • Take advantage of mental health coverage under your insurance plan
  • Contact the Human Resources department to inquire if psychologists are on staff
  • Discuss an individualized work schedule with your employer that is flexible with your outside schedule
  • Budget your time to comfortably meet deadlines
  • Exert self-control to avoid outbursts, in cases of failure. Calmly discuss what went wrong and explore solutions you’re your colleagues.
  • Compartmentalize your emotions. Focus on work-related emotions in the workplace and confront emotions regarding your personal life later.
  • Explore relaxation techniques. Take a walk to self-reflect during an intense situation, take deep breaths while counting to 10, or consult a confidant about the situation.
  • Communicate with peers and clarify the context of a situation, in order to avoid making false assumptions that create an unnecessary issue.
  • Exercise regularly
  • Avoid making impulsive decisions by halting communication with peers when angry. This can be done by typing up a message to the individual you’re unhappy with, saving it as a draft, and editing it when you’re in a clearer state of mind.
  • Be aware of the things that trigger your emotions so that you’re prepared to calmly address them when forced with facing them.
  • Treat your colleagues with respect, regardless of whether or not they reciprocate that respect.
  • Own up to your mistakes. Apologize for any outbursts or negative behavior.
  • Consult online resources such as https://www.td.org/ (Association for Talent Development), http://www.eiconsortium.org/reports/guidelines.html (Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations), https://www.washington.edu/admin/hr/pod/leaders/orgdev/alliance/articles/EQ_Craemer.pdf (University Consulting Alliance)