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)