To develop soft skills in the workplace, start with knowing yourself better. Heightened self-awareness is the foundation for all other soft skills and satisfying leadership. Get to know your core values, strengths/weaknesses, likes/dislikes.
Positive journaling at work can help to develop and reinforce your emotional intelligence and soft skills especially if it focuses on successful navigation through relational challenges. Write down the efforts you make, read them and reflect.
There is immense uncovered potential in playing from a position of weakness at work. It's from this place that we can be curious, open-minded and interested in input from others. Start by identifying one of your weaknesses and see what happens.
What is your emotional intelligence? There is no written test that will accurately assess your EQ, as with IQ. If you want to know, ask the people around you at work what they think. Don't limit your sample to your friends-include adversaries.
The benefit of taking small, mindful steps in life towards goals and in pursuit of ambitions is you can change direction slightly and easily at any time. You can simply adjust your plans when something does not feel as great as you had hoped.
Chronic stress (different to acute stress) reducing tactics include:
-Sleeping 8 hours per day
-Having a healthy diet
-Noticing your needs and giving yourself what you need
-Diversifying your idenitity
How to cope with acute STRESS can be remembered by utilising the word as an acronym:
-Slow down in the moment, sit-down
-Take deeper breaths
-Eat something healthy and drink water
-Say clearly what you would like or need
Recognising whether another person is utilising a rational thought process can factor into choosing when to engage in a difficult conversation with him or her. If that person is in a reactive or irrational mindset, it may be better to wait.
Just because you can do something extra at work doesn't mean that you need to or should. Part of managing your career and avoiding burnout is knowing when to say 'no' to pieces of work outside of the scope of your job description with grace and confidence.
Jealousy occurs in the workplace, as often as it does in our personal lives. Jealousy is a normal emotion that when noticed can provide useful information to help us perform more effectively and creatively. Trying to suppress jealousy is wasted energy.
The Workplace Weekly Tips Series is focused on healthy workplace functioning and professional development. All material is authored by Cori Lambert unless explicitly stated otherwise. Authentic Consulting and Counselling is located in West Perth, Greater Perth Area.