April 19, 2016 By Shantanu Mohan
Employees are often expected to leave their emotions at the door. In reality, we bring our whole selves to work. Our emotions have a profound impact on the way we work and live. They are a unique form of human energy that can increase our capacity and resilience. For better or worse, emotions are contagious to those around us.
High positive emotions, like happiness and confidence, bring us out of the Survival Zone, where we respond reactively instead of rationally, into the Performance Zone, where we can think more clearly and perform at our best. For example, feeling satisfied with your job is associated with 125% greater engagement and 54% better focus.* However, many of us don’t realize how much valuable energy is drained when we’re ruminating on negative emotions.
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