Role Of Emotions At Work To Be Studied

Andrew Faas, founder of The Faas Foundation, has formed a joint initiative with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence to create the Emotion Revolution in the Workplace. This partnership between business and academia will investigate the role emotions play in the work environment in order to build positive work climates.

“We are excited that The Faas Foundation has decided to partner with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence to bring emotional intelligence into the workplace,” said Dr. Marc Brackett, Director of Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. “Last year, we successfully launched the Emotion Revolution in school settings with the Born this Way Foundation, founded by Lady Gaga and her mom, Cynthia Germanotta. Now with support from the Faas Foundation we can launch the Emotion Revolution in the Workplace in order to promote psychologically safe and healthy workplaces for all employees.”

Areas of study will include:

  • How employees feel about their work
  • Why they feel the way they do
  • The impact emotions have on individual and organizational performance, overall health, and well-being
  • How to effectively build positive workplace climates
Emotions at work
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The project’s mission is to empower employees at all levels to increase their engagement, productivity, and wellness through identifying and reducing unnecessary stressors in the workplace. To accomplish this, the Emotion Revolution in the Workplace will conduct a survey of 10,000 employees across North America beginning May 2016.

Gallup reports that 70 percent of American workers aren’t engaged, and a Stanford University study indicates that more than 120,000 deaths may be attributable to workplace stress.

By collecting anonymous data about these stressful working conditions, the initiative will be able to further the scientific understanding of how to effectively build positive and productive work climates and connect workers with the emotional tools they need to reach their potential and achieve healthy and happy lives.