Life demands two types of skills: “hard” skills like being able to change a tire or write a report and “soft” skills like working well with team members or handling conflict. These soft skills are also referred to as emotional intelligence, or emotional quotient (EQ). EQ is the ability to recognize emotions in yourself and others as they occur and respond appropriately. EQ is an influential contributor to personal and professional success, with 90 percent of top performers ranking high in the trait. In fact, every one-point increase in EQ correlates with an additional $1,300 increase in salary.
How can you maximize your EQ? First, pick up a copy of this month’s book club selection. Using this book as your guide, you can then begin the most important part of your journey to improved EQ—practice. Your own body is a great place to start this process.
Along with the internal EQ practice, try out your new emotion skills with others. An excellent way to begin practicing is to take your skills out people watching. Spending time in a busy place (coffee shop, supermarket, restaurant) offers ample opportunity to test your emotion recognizing skills. When you’re ready, bring your new found ability into closer relationships.
Wellness program vouchers for activities completed from July to December 2016 and June 2017 will be available in the redemption center by November 1, 2017. Employees who submitted vouchers will be able to redeem points earned through on-site activities at this time.