I recently posted on LinkedIn a series of short video thoughts on how we deal with our emotional states in the work setting. Video shorts of 60-90 seconds are fine, but to fully explore the topic, we need more space and time. I hope you will add your thoughts to mine and share how you have handled your emotional wellbeing at work.
Over 3 days I talked about feelings of:
- Shame and Guilt
Interestingly, the post which gained the most interaction was the last post on Love – I wonder why that was?
The first two days clearly focused on the negative emotions we all experience from time to time. Often these are unjustified and particularly in relation to shame, self-inflicted. One of the aspects of shame which I find is increasing, is shame induced by comparing our achievements to the achievements of others. Peer pressure, social media and advertising, all bombard us with images of how we should be, what we should be achieving, what our lifestyle should be like. So many “shoulds”. Whatever emotions we are feeling, we can’t leave these behind when we are in the work environment.
As a manager, allowing employees to express their emotions can create a more positive and collaborative work environment. It can also help managers better understand the needs and concerns of their team members.
On the other hand, unchecked emotions can lead to conflicts and disruptions in the workplace. It’s important for managers to create a culture where emotional intelligence is valued and encouraged, but where employees are also expected to handle their emotions in a professional manner.
One way to do this is by providing regular training and coaching on emotional intelligence and effective communication. This can help employees better understand their own emotions and the emotions of those around them, and learn how to handle difficult situations in a constructive way.
It’s also important for managers to lead by example and model emotional intelligence in their own behaviour. This means being self-aware, empathetic, and able to manage their own emotions in a healthy way.
Overall, emotions in the workplace can play a positive role when they are managed and understood. By fostering a culture of emotional intelligence, managers can create a more positive and productive work environment for their team.