Is talking about our emotions at work appropriate? Either way, it is imperative to our working life. Our mood and how we feel plays a significant role in how we perform at work; it impacts our leadership styles and how we work with others.
At times we may have to suppress our feelings but when contained where do they go?
Over the years, there has been a keen interest in emotional intelligence. Dr. Peter Salovey and Dr. John Mayer coined the term and defined it as the ability to be aware of and express one’s emotions. However, how are we perceived when we do so? What are the consequences? In reality, there shouldn’t be any issues, but this isn’t always the case. Discussing feeling is something that can benefit leadership and management.
Business Psychologists are useful when dealing with emotions in the workplace. They can support those in leadership and can facilitate learning opportunities.
Work culture can often suppress the need to express emotion, but if you are feeling upset, concerned or stressed this may present itself in other ways that are not conducive. Finding the right balance is challenging, but happy workers are often more productive.
As a leader, it is not your job to ‘make’ people happy, but it does require some sensitivity. You may have to be a little more aware of your own emotions while taking notes of others. Emotions can impact leadership and management, so finding the right balance and remaining open to the discussion may result in a positive outcome.