My entire team at work went to an all day training yesterday that focused on emotional intelligence. We learned where we naturally excel, and the areas where we’re more vulnerable. I’m not embellishing; they really use the word vulnerable to describe where you’re not so adept.
It was a great training, and I can definitely see how it will help the team work together more effectively.
“Oh. So that’s why you react like XX whenever I ask you to XX.”
At the end of the day, through a series of steps, we were all asked to make a verbal pledge and sign a contract, committing to a 21-day action plan that will help us strengthen ourselves in one area. It was somewhat AA-esque but also makes you verrrryyyy accountable. We’re all buddied-up with partners and have meetings every other day to make sure we’re staying on track. For 21 days we must complete the same action daily, in the hopes it helps modify our behaviors in a positive way.
It’s a lot to explain…but here’s a summary from the website:
Today’s business news on budget cuts, layoffs, bankruptcies and job uncertainty is increasing at an alarming rate. Not surprisingly, employee stress is at an all time high, and employee satisfaction and motivation are on a downward spiral. These conditions not only affect employee morale, but healthcare costs, stress claims and absenteeism – all of which adversely impact productivity and profitability. In fact, these conditions can put a company out of business.
Now there’s a new and proven program that improves employee motivation and helps employees take control of their stress. Essi Systems’ 21 Day Club is the premier online stress assessment and behavior change program that guides employees through a step-by-step process to create new healthy behaviors, achieve professional and personal goals, and be productive with fewer resources.
Give your employees what they need to master stress. New behaviors can be developed in as little as five minutes a day to create habits that are lasting and automatic. It’s 100% effective, and that means a resilient workforce and a strong business.
As part of my pledge to improve my outlook, I have to make a daily list of at least five things that went well each day. This is reminiscent of childhood, where my dad asked us to tell him three highlights of our days before we went to bed.
I’m curious to see if I’ll feel an different in 21 days. I’m sure you’ll be on the edge of your seat with anticipation, but don’t worry, I’ll provide updates.