PROFESSIONAL STRESS & STRAIN?
It’s a known fact that professional stress & strain is on the increase & is having an adverse impact both on the health of the employees & the productivity of the organization . The measures financial & facilities of some recreation at the workplace does not seem to add up to the comfort level & in reaching the desired levels of happiness by the employees. The experience shows that financial incentives are not inversely proportional to the professional stress & strain within the organization.
Undeniably, some level of stress is motivating tool to keep the employees focused on their work & the capability to achieve the requisite goals & targets. When it crosses the threshold level, it’s negative impact starts getting manifested as is the case today in most of the organizations across board.
The concept of emotional intelligence thus fits into the picture; a critical element of the organizational culture today. The concept became well known with the publication of Goleman’s book Emotional Intelligence – Why it can matter more than IQ, in the year 1995. The basic ingredients are self-awareness, self-regulation, social skill, empathy & motivation. Lots of efforts have gone in to make this a reality by way of creating awareness, imparting training & putting in measurement tools for this purpose. The progress in this regard is being documented but the impact in terms still seems to be a mirage.
To reach higher levels in the organizational pyramid, emotional intelligence can be true indicator of the competence of the individual to deliver the goods. A change in organizational culture with underpinning on emotional intelligence can bring forth the desired change, slowly & in a sustained manner.
With lots of the efforts on the platter to bring down stress levels in different organizations, this strategy can be the game changer, if pursued in the right spirit & persistently.
EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE CAN BE USED AS TESTED TOOL FOR CHANGE IN ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE.