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While most large companies require their candidates to take aptitude tests, what’s equally important is determining an applicant’s emotional quotient, or EQ. Defined by a person’s ability to identify, use, and manage emotions, our EQ is a lot more than kindly telling our co-worker their loud crisp-munching is getting in the way of us getting work done.  

In fact, a lot of research points to the fact one’s EQ is a far better determinant of workplace success. Here are a couple of ways a high EQ can help in the office:

1. High levels of empathy make for kinder colleagues

 Those with high EQs are far better able to empathise and therefore, be understanding, with others. In the modern workplace, empathy fuels collaboration while minimizing conflict, and so it can actually be a crucial virtue to cultivate if you want more productive teams. Strong levels of empathy are also highly correlated with personality traits like openness, trust, and respect, all of which make for stronger relationships, not just between colleagues, but also between leaders and their teams. 

2. A tendency for positivity means better problem solving 

Another strength of those with high emotional intelligence is that they tend to favour optimistic approaches, which can be very valuable in problem-solving scenarios. A glass-half-full approach to any organisational dilemma means these employees are automatically seeking solutions rather than trying to pick out problems, which can expedite the process of finding a solution.  

3. Heightened self-awareness means acceptance of growth 

The better you are able to identify your own emotions, the higher your self-awareness, and the implications this may have on self-evaluation and target setting are profound. A higher awareness of one’s own limits and strengths makes it far easier to set goals and work on growing within the office, as well as making dialogue about what constructive change you want to see around the office with your manager easier.  

4. Adaptability to change increases 

Workplace success is largely determined by an individual’s ability to precipitate and adapt to change. Whether this refers to a shift in leadership or implemented technology, the easier it is for a person to accept and even welcome change, the more likely they are to be unintimidated by various challenges and limits imposed on to them.  

5. Increased self-motivation lead to employees who are proactive  

 Finally, most emotionally intelligent employees are likely to be able to motivate themselves far easier than those who are not. This is because their primary driving force is fuelled by ambition and a genuine willingness for growth, rather than any position or financial incentive. This means you’re far more likely to volunteer to head projects and take on extra work, allowing you to learn and develop that much faster. 

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