Reduce Stress, Fuel Workplace Success?

Would you rather hire someone with a high IQ or a high EQ?

According to a new study, EQ, or “emotional quotient,” is superior to intelligence in some ways, since stressed-out workers’ emotions can create potential roadblocks for career advancement and success.

According to the national survey of 1,014 working adult Americans ages 18 and older, 55% report a lack of familiarity with emotional intelligence and its impact on their professional success.

While 80% say they experience stress in the workplace as a result of work or personal issues, 48% are not familiar with the negative effect stress has on their emotional intelligence.

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The research, conducted by Multi-Health Systems, shows that emotional intelligence involves a range of factors that allow a person to evaluate and cope with his or her environment and emotional well-being, including elements such as independence, problem solving, flexibility, mood, and self-awareness, among others.

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How can your company work to de-stress this mess? Dr. Steven Stein, president and CEO of Multi-Health Systems, suggests that emotional intelligence training might be a means of reducing stress.

“Emotional intelligence can suffer when stress takes a toll, preventing workers from controlling their emotions, collaborating with others, adapting to change, and maintaining a positive mood,” says Dr. Stein.

Indeed, study results point out that 32% of workers think stress prevented them from being recognized for their contributions at work, and 27% say stress prevented them from advancing in their career.

The study also shows that 53% of workers say stress reduces their productivity in the workplace; 53% say stress hurts their relationships with co-workers; and 47% say stress inhibits their workplace decision-making.

Elaine Rigoli has nearly 15 years of experience managing content and community for various B2B and consumer websites. Elaine has written thousands of business and technology articles and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal and eWeek, among other publications.

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