A useful definition of emotional well-being is ‘A positive sense of well-being which enables an individual to be able to function in society and meet the demands of everyday life; people in good mental health have the ability to recover effectively from illness, change or misfortune.’ It can also be explained as the capacity to maintain optimal energy and functioning. There is a significant relationship between emotional well-being and the performance of people in the workplace and there is a significant cost to employees under-performing due to this very issue. If people under-perform it could very well be the difference between profit and loss or extinction or survival of a company. Emotional well-being of staff should never be underestimated. People with a good well-being are normally high performers and very engaged in their work and with peers, bosses and direct reports.
How to approach emotional well-being.
There are various approaches and the one that has the most lasting impact is emotional intelligence training. There are many companies who have successfully deployed emotional intelligence training and have shown that people with a higher emotional intelligence are more likely to recognize and manage their feelings which in turn is likely to increase job satisfaction and high performance.
People with a higher emotional intelligence will engage and remain engaged. The evidence is increasingly compelling. The measurable, learnable skills of emotional intelligence make a significant impact on emotional well-being and in turn organizational performance. Emotional intelligence may be essential to differentiating world-class organizations in an increasingly complex and competitive marketplace. Emotional intelligence is emerging as a critical factor for sustaining high performance in this environment.