For: EDI Change Agents, HR Professionals and Leadership Teams
You may be wondering how to take your EDI focus to the next level, maybe you have realised that well-intentioned initiatives don’t always have the impact you desire?
Or maybe the pandemic context has intensified the challenges you face in EDI?
Maybe you have become aware of the depth of Mental Health issues in the pandemic context today? And the issues in teams? (75% of Cross-Functional teams are Dysfunctional)
You may be at the point where you recognise that something significant needs to change, to put your organisation onto a healthier and more sustainable way of functioning?
At Ei World we believe that a comprehensive approach is needed to tackle systemically the problems in organisations today.
Imagine a working context where everyone can be at their best.
A culture which enables diversity, inclusion and equity to be the natural way of operating. Everyone is supported to be at their best, including line managers who are aware and confident in having the right conversations in the workplace to understand difference and enable true dialogue that results in everyone being able to bring their full selves to deliver outstanding work.
Emotions trigger reactions to difference – no-one is neutral in the face of difference. Rare is the person who can be non-reactive in the face of differences. Other people can trigger excitement, interest and even fascination to get to know them more. On the other hand, differences in other people can trigger strong emotions in us including irritation, stimulating, annoyance, frustration and fear.
We know that Emotional Intelligence is hugely important. Years of research has shown that Emotional Intelligence is a critical factor that enables us to deal with differences, the ability to understand and influence one’s own emotions and the emotions of others. This ability separates exceptional leaders and managers from the rest. It has been named as a critical skill for the future, irreplaceable by Artificial Intelligence (AI).
We also know that Emotional Resilience and the ability of individuals to make the right choices to cope with stress and pressure is learnable. This starts with a process of understanding your own inner landscape which determines your responses to the emotional context of life and work.
How we manage behaviour, socially interact and make important decisions is all heavily influenced by what happens in teams. Research shows that having the right norms in a team, will lead to psychological safety, a strong team identity and constructive dialogue. Together, these help to increase the level of belonging. When this does not occur, we have problems in the workplace including mental health issues, high absence rates, fatigue, burnout and underperformance in teams.
Ei World has developed a clear pathway beginning with understanding your own functioning in your inner emotional world, working on mental health strategies, then bringing that understanding into the heart of a team. By upskilling line managers and HR professionals in this systemic approach, this can be implemented widely across any organisation.