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What's Emotions Got to do with the Workplace?

A workshop on emotional intelligence

In this session;

  • We’ll define the critical emotional intelligence components: self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skills.
  • We’ll take each of these components, look at specific examples and identify opportunities to apply them in the workplace.
  • We’ll also delve into strategies and ideas for improving each of these skills.

With the ever changing and constantly evolving work environment, these places various levels of stress on the individual and organization. Recognizing this fact, the Pension Fund Operators Association of Nigeria (PenOp) put together a seminar to address some of the issues, tagged “What’s Emotions Got to do With the Workplace’’

The online session which was open to pension professionals, sought to answer questions such as can I learn the skill of emotional intelligence? How can I master and understand my emotions? What does employee emotion got to do with the workplace? All of these and more were discussed at PenOp’s knowledge-sharing session held on the 8th of September, 2022.

The session which had more than 300 pension professionals of various levels was facilitated by Yinka Akande, People and Training Lead at PenOp and a seasoned facilitator adept at helping individuals and businesses upskill as well as access a competent workforce through professional soft skill training and development programs. She spoke about the critical components of emotional intelligence: self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skills. She was able to identify the various opportunities that come along with applying the values of EQ for businesses.

Talking about being self-awareness, she was able to bring to the understanding of all how we can improve on our individual selves and breach communication gaps amongst the DISC personality types. She delved further to explain the STOPP regulation on how we should manage our emotions as individuals. She stressed the fact that for one to be motivated, that individual needs to be ready to challenge him or herself. Pressing the gear, a little further, she spoke about the various ways social skills can be improved as well as the steps to building empathy as an individual.

She concluded that EQ not only allows you to build good and long-lasting relationships, but it also improves organizational growth and so she advised organizational heads to leverage emotional intelligence, prioritize wellness and mental health Check-ins with their staff.

This session was part of PenOp’s many knowledge-sharing sessions. The knowledge-sharing session is a forum that enables operators in the pension industry to network, share ideas and listen to subject matter experts discuss topical and relative issues.