Emotional intelligence is a key trait employers should be looking for in employees.
According the World Economic Forum, emotional intelligence is one of the top 10 skills needed for workers at all levels of organizations in 2020 and beyond. McKinsey Group predicts that the need for EI skills will outpace cognitive skills by 2030. Yet in a recent article by the Harvard Business Review, only 18% of companies report that they have emotional intelligence ingrained in their culture.
Is your business in the 18% or 82%? If you are not sure, statistically it’s much more likely your organization is in the 82% of businesses that do not have emotional intelligence embedded in their culture.
Either way, you want to know where your company stands and what its strengths and weaknesses are. Self-Awareness is the foundation of emotional intelligence at both the individual and organizational levels. You can’t grow and develop something unless you’re aware of it and know what the root causes are. Several ways to assess where your business stands in terms of emotional intelligence are:
- Leverage current engagement and other surveys you may already be using. Many companies use their own assessments that include questions that are emotional intelligence-based. See the EQ-related questions below to determine if any of those are on your engagement survey and you can use them to assess your where your organization stands.
- Conduct focus groups. While surveys are excellent for getting anonymous feedback, the context and detail that can be attained from speaking to people can make a big difference. Conducting effective focus groups that aren’t just opportunities for people to complain takes a lot of skill and planning.
- Complete an EI-based organizational assessment. If you don’t have an engagement survey you are using, then finding a simple tool to assess your organization’s