Recruiting for EQ and better employee wellbeing

15 Sep Recruiting for EQ and better employee wellbeing

As people who can identify and control their emotions in order to make effective decisions, high EQ (or emotional intelligence – EI) leaders are also capable of understanding the emotions of their teams to drive business success as they are also attuned to the characteristics of healthy attitudes and actions of other individuals.

With EQ being an asset for effective leadership, these skills also transfer into being able to nurture and foster an individuals’ wellbeing in the workplace.

Nurturing and recruiting with EQ at the forefront of candidate appraisals means enhancing the future leadership capabilities of an organisation, future-proofing a business with well-equipped individuals who can have a positive impact and an enterprise and team level.

So, what should you look out for in potential candidates to recruit right?

As today’s entry-level employees are welcomed into the workforce, it’s important to keep in mind that these individuals will make up the talent pool for future leaders.

Pick-up on EQ cues in individuals who are present, authentic and expansive in their thinking, as well as being resilient and empathetic. These individuals will empower others to engage in the workplace and also inspire more meaningful connections with colleagues.

Employees with high EQ are more likely to be highly engaged. According to UCLA research, EQ explains 58 per cent of an individual’s job performance, with 90 per cent of top performers having high EQs (1).

Not only does this ensure delivery of quality of work, but better internal relationships are also formed. This correlates to a workplace that is better at managing conflict and coping with stress.

How do high EQ individuals promote wellbeing?

As individuals who are naturally connected to nurturing, high EQ employees build empathetic relationships with those around them. Therefore, recruiting these employees means a ripple effect in the workplace, as they enable the recognition, understanding and management of emotions that can influence the emotions of others.

For further information on how to recruit for EQ, reach-out to us today: P 1300 917 193

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