Emotional Intelligence: 5 Reasons Companies Are Starting To Care More

Linda Le Phan

It’s important during your career, and especially while you’re job searching, to polish and exhibit the qualities an employer finds valuable. Being smart, responsible, diligent, resourceful and passionate about work are all naturally very favorable qualities to convey to someone who you might end up working with. And on the flip side, laziness, a poor attitude, and dishonesty are less savory traits that you’ll want to avoid showing to a hiring manager.

The reason I’m mentioning this is because companies are increasingly interested in job applicants and employees who display emotional intelligence (EQ).

If you’re looking to improve your work-life and become a more attractive job candidate, it’s time to get a better understanding of emotional intelligence and why it is important.

What Is Emotional Intelligence? 

Psychology Today defines it as “the ability to identify and manage your emotions, and the emotions of others.” This is totally different than regular intelligence, or “smarts”. How many times have you met an extremely smart person who has zero social skills or self-awareness? Although he may be a genius with a high IQ, he would most likely score low in EQ.

Employers are increasingly aware of and tuned into whether or not a person shows signs of high emotional intelligence. Why, if you have the right education and qualifications for the position, should they care? Here are five reasons.

1. Better at keeping emotions in check

Calmer heads prevail in the workplace. People who are able to identify and temper their emotions offer their employers fewer workplace conflicts and greater harmony. This is not to say people with high EQ lack passion, far from it. They are simply able to channel their feelings, opinions and beliefs into an even-keeled way of behavior and more flexibility.

2. More productive

No matter how smart they are, those with low emotional intelligence lack the ability to understand their weaknesses, which makes them difficult to improve upon. Employers look favorably on those with high EQ because they consistently try to improve themselves and take constructive criticism thoughtfully. Because of this, over time, managers tend to see a greater degree of improvement in employees with a high EQ.

3. Greater self-awareness

Understanding ones strengths and weaknesses is key in developing both. People with high EQ are highly tuned into themselves and others, which helps them show compassion and authenticity in the workplace. This allows them to be…

4. Successful at managing relationships

Being like-able and relatable to co-workers is a key factor in a person’s career success. Presenting a caring persona, as well as being capable and confident, are all traits that a person with a high EQ shows. These traits all have a huge and direct impact on the quality of relationships one can have in the workplace.

5. More effective communicator

Speaking the same language as others within the organization keeps projects on track and work flowing quickly and smoothly. Since employees with a high EQ are more empathetic and tuned into other people’s feelings, they are more likely to complete projects on time, push initiatives forward and less likely to create roadblocks to progress.

Emotional intelligence is regarded as more important to career success in some cases than regular intelligence. Employees and those who are seeking employment must realize this and work to hone and increase their self awareness, self control, and communication skills in order to be attractive to management. Working on one’s emotional intelligence could be the single biggest career boost you can give yourself.

 

Be honest, have you given thought to emotional intelligence during your job search? If not, are you going to? Let us know @kununu_US!

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Linda Le Phan is the Content Marketing Manager at kununu US, a place where job seekers can get an authentic view of life at a company and where employers have a trusted platform to better engage talent. That means that everything on the editorial calendar goes through her (want to write for us? learn more here). When she’s not creating content about the modern workplace, company culture, and life & work hacks, she is probably going out to get an iced coffee (even in Boston winter), raiding the snack drawer, or jamming to kununu’s Spotify playlist.