13 Feb How to ‘Future Proof’ Your Career!
While there will always be job-specific skills that an employer is looking for, most companies today will be looking at your overall ‘employability’ and some of your ‘soft’ skills. In today’s competitive job market, these types of skills often relate to your level of ‘Emotional Fitness’ which can be defined as the ability to manage emotions, to engage effectively with others and be aware of aware of your own, as well as others emotions. The ability to show up to work with the right mindset, deliver a personalised and engaging experience to a customer that leaves them feeling valued, effectively manage stressful situations and build strong working relationships with your colleagues makes for a highly-valued employee.
Companies are increasingly looking for recruits with all the above personality traits and people skills as the ‘Customer Experience’ becomes ever more important. Customers who experience great service are loyal, they tend to stay longer, spend more and most importantly, tell their friends and make recommendations. Companies that deliver great service generally grow faster, have an enhanced profitability potential and develop better workplace cultures. This leads to happier managers, more satisfied, fulfilled and rewarded employees and generally, greater commercial success for the companies in question.
Four tips to help you become ‘Emotionally Fit’ in the workplace:
- The way we feel determines our judgment, decisions, and behavior. So, developing your ‘Emotional Fitness’ starts with increasing awareness of the emotions you are feeling. Try keeping a journal of the emotions you feel in certain situations; both positive and negative and try to identify why you feel the way you do.
- When you are having a bad day and things are just not going right, try and recognise why you are feeling so low and acknowledge it. By identifying the ‘how’ and the ‘why’ we are taking a big step towards taking control and figuring out strategies to cope.
- Practice Gratitude – look for reasons to be grateful. Increase your awareness of the little and big things you have to be grateful about. Just like when you exercise intensively to get your physical fitness up and this increases your brain’s Dopamine and Serotonin levels, practicing gratitude every day and thinking about things that make you happy will boost your overall mood.
- Try and connect with your colleagues on a daily basis. Even if it just to say good morning or how are you. This sense of connection and belonging is important for both individuals and teams Researchers have shown that it is crucial for our physical well-being as well. By the way, texting does not count!
As an employee, having a set of ‘self’-skills that hone in on ‘Emotional Fitness’, such as the ability to empathise, build strong, sustainable working relationships and the mindfulness to recognise and control stress will eventually enhance your career prospects.
The bottom line is that people who are both physically and emotionally fit, have a proven greater capacity to think clearly and creatively; are far more productive; have greater motivation and exhibit an increased ability to achieve. The result – a happier you at work and in life!