EI and networking

Organizations, today in a quest to increase productivity, have realized the importance of introducing Emotional Intelligence (EI) training programs at the workplace.

Human resources management adds value when it helps individuals and organizations to do better than their present level of performance. Since competencies can be taught organizations and HR have a big role to play in enhancing their own and their employees’ performance. Enabling people to get in touch with their aspirations is enabling them to understand their deepest passions and their values. It is readying them to define and reach their potential.

Various studies have revealed that people with high emotional intelligence are more likely to deliver superior performance when compared to the average player, regardless of the industry they work for. Also, EI is as important component for a job performance as good leadership skills, especially at senior level positions. The realization of the same has made many progressive organizations to opt for EI training. According to Robert Rosenfeld, innovator in Residence at Center for Creative Leadership, USA, there are a series of eight human principles that have been identified as critical for any organization that hopes to innovate its way to success. But the four of the eight principles that stand out are: Soft values drive the organization. Trust is the means and love for the unspoken word. Passion is the fuel and pain is the hidden ingredient and Leverage differences are the easiest to implement by people who have strong level EI.

Today, where organizations are trying hard to maximize employee performance, EI training programs come as a shot in the arm. It should start from the background of what EI and how it can be rendered beneficial. Setting expectations for powerful working relationships, giving and receiving feedback and change management must be included in EI focused leadership curricula.

Don’t introduce EI in a vacuum isolated from the things that matter to business. Introduce it in a way that is integrated into the business processes. EI training is more relevant today as organizations are considering it as a preferred tool to tide over the tough times.

E- Networking at work ups productivity:

While writing about EI above some of the employee emotions and job satisfaction are related to E-networking. Some interesting figures and facts are outlined here in the ensuing paragraphs.

Caught Twittering or on face book at work? It will make you a better employee, according to an Australian study that shows surfing the internet for fun during office hours increases productivity.

The University of Melbourne study showed that people who use the internet for personal reasons at work are about 9% more productive that those who do not.

Study author Brent Coker, from the department of management and marketing said workplace internet leisure browsing, or WILB, helped to sharpened workers concentration.

People need to zone out for a bit to get back their concentration, Coker said on the university’s website.

Short and unobtrusive breaks, such as a quick surf of the internet enables the mind to rest itself, leading to a higher total net concentration for a days work and as a result, increased productivity, he said.

According to the study of 300 workers, 70% of people who use the internet at work engage in WILB.

Among the most popular WILB activities are searching for information about products, reading online news sites, playing online games and watching videos on You Tube. Firms spend millions on software to block their employees from watching videos, using social networking sites or shopping online under the pretence that it costs millions in lost productivity. That’s not always the case.

However, the study looked at people who browsed in moderation, or were on the internet for less than 20% of their total time in the office.

Those who behave with internet addiction tendencies will have a lower productivity than those without. —