In our whirlwind, interconnected world, the art of navigating the intricate tapestry of human emotions is more critical than ever. Emotional intelligence (EI) and empathy stand out as beacons, guiding us to forge positive relationships, enhance leadership, and create a harmonious work environment.

Scenario:

Picture this: you’re caught in a recurring conversation with a coworker. They’re trapped in a whirlpool of frustration and despair over a repeating issue, blind to the fact that they are the common thread in these situations. There you are, offering a listening ear to a tale that’s turning from familiar to tiresome.

You value this coworker and the bond you share, but this repetitive cycle is starting to fray the edges of your patience. The solution seems to shimmer so clearly before you – a minor tweak in their behavior could sweep away mountains of stress. Yet, despite your repeated advice, they seem ensnared in their patterns, unready or unwilling to grasp the lifeline you offer.

Realizing that you can’t repaint their behavioral patterns, how do you preserve the warmth of this relationship? Must it be a never-ending cycle until professional paths diverge?

It doesn’t have to be. This is your moment to flex your empathy muscles.

Understanding Empathy:

Empathy, a cornerstone of emotional intelligence, is the art of walking in another’s shoes, feeling the contours of their experiences. It’s not just about offering sympathy; it’s about genuinely connecting with and understanding others’ emotions. Empathy is a dance of two steps: cognitive empathy, understanding someone’s perspective, and emotional empathy, feeling what they feel.

Empathetic individuals are like emotional detectives, adept at deciphering and resonating with the feelings of others, laying the groundwork for deep, meaningful connections. This trait is invaluable in all relationships, paving the way for mutual understanding, trust, and collaboration.

The Link Between Emotional Intelligence and Empathy:

Though distinct, emotional intelligence and empathy are intertwined like strands of a DNA helix. Emotional intelligence is the bedrock of understanding and managing one’s emotions, with empathy extending this understanding to others. A person rich in emotional intelligence naturally exudes empathy, armed with the self-awareness and social skills to forge profound connections.

In the workplace, leaders who blend emotional intelligence with empathy excel in sculpting robust, unified teams. They are maestros who understand the diverse emotional landscapes of their team, cultivating a positive, inclusive atmosphere. This harmony not only boosts morale but also sparks productivity and creativity.

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Benefits of Emotional Intelligence and Empathy:

  1. Improved Communication: Those with a rich tapestry of emotional intelligence are maestros in communication. They not only articulate their own thoughts and emotions with clarity but are also attuned to the unspoken languages of others. This dual awareness leads to conversations that are not just heard, but deeply understood.
  2. Conflict Resolution: Understanding and managing emotions are pivotal in diffusing conflicts. Emotionally intelligent individuals navigate disagreements with grace, seeking solutions that are not just compromises, but triumphs for all involved.
  3. Enhanced Leadership: Leaders adorned with emotional intelligence and empathy are like lighthouses, guiding their teams with authenticity and trust. Their empathetic approach fosters a culture of positivity and inclusion, resonating throughout the organization.
  4. Building Strong Relationships: In both personal and professional realms, emotional intelligence and empathy are the golden threads that weave strong, enduring relationships. This emotional connection cultivates trust, loyalty, and mutual support, fortifying bonds that withstand the test of time.

To conclude, emotional intelligence and empathy are not just skills, but essential life tools for navigating the complex web of human relationships. As our world grows ever more interconnected, our ability to understand and connect with others emotionally is not just beneficial, but imperative for personal and professional growth. By nurturing emotional intelligence, we not only sharpen our self-awareness and self-regulation but also kindle empathetic connections that enrich our lives and the lives around us. Embracing the transformative power of emotional intelligence and empathy, we pave the way for a more compassionate, harmonious society.

Jade Bodzasy

Jade Bodzasy

Jade Bodzasy, Founder of Emotional Intelligence Consulting Inc., is a dedicated Coach and Consultant for Optometric Practices. Her extensive background includes over 20,000 hours of expertise focused on customer relations, work structure refinement, training method development, and fostering improved work culture within Optometric practices.

Certified in Rational Emotive Behavior Techniques (REBT), Jade possesses a unique skillset that empowers individuals to gain profound insights into the origins of their behaviors, as well as those of others. Leveraging her certification, she equips optometry practices with invaluable resources and expert guidance to establish and sustain a positive, healthful, and productive work environment.


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In our whirlwind, interconnected world, the art of navigating the intricate tapestry of human emotions is more critical than ever. Emotional intelligence (EI) and empathy stand out as beacons, guiding us to forge positive relationships, enhance leadership, and create a harmonious work environment.

Scenario:

Picture this: you’re caught in a recurring conversation with a co-worker. They’re trapped in a whirlpool of frustration and despair over a repeating issue, blind to the fact that they are the common thread in these situations. There you are, offering a listening ear to a tale that’s turning from familiar to tiresome.

You value this co-worker and the bond you share, but this repetitive cycle is starting to fray the edges of your patience. The solution seems to shimmer so clearly before you – a minor tweak in their behavior could sweep away mountains of stress. Yet, despite your repeated advice, they seem ensnared in their patterns, unready or unwilling to grasp the lifeline you offer.

Realizing that you can’t repaint their behavioral patterns, how do you preserve the warmth of this relationship? Must it be a never-ending cycle until professional paths diverge?

It doesn’t have to be. This is your moment to flex your empathy muscles.

Understanding Empathy:

Empathy, a cornerstone of emotional intelligence, is the art of walking in another’s shoes, feeling the contours of their experiences. It’s not just about offering sympathy; it’s about genuinely connecting with and understanding others’ emotions. Empathy is a dance of two steps: cognitive empathy, understanding someone’s perspective, and emotional empathy, feeling what they feel.

Empathetic individuals are like emotional detectives, adept at deciphering and resonating with the feelings of others, laying the groundwork for deep, meaningful connections. This trait is invaluable in all relationships, paving the way for mutual understanding, trust, and collaboration.

Person in thought

The Link Between Emotional Intelligence and Empathy:

Though distinct, emotional intelligence and empathy are intertwined like strands of a DNA helix. Emotional intelligence is the bedrock of understanding and managing one’s emotions, with empathy extending this understanding to others. A person rich in emotional intelligence naturally exudes empathy, armed with the self-awareness and social skills to forge profound connections.

In the workplace, leaders who blend emotional intelligence with empathy excel in sculpting robust, unified teams. They are maestros who understand the diverse emotional landscapes of their team, cultivating a positive, inclusive atmosphere. This harmony not only boosts morale but also sparks productivity and creativity.

dartboard with a bullseye

Benefits of Emotional Intelligence and Empathy:

  1. Improved Communication: Those with a rich tapestry of emotional intelligence are maestros in communication. They not only articulate their own thoughts and emotions with clarity but are also attuned to the unspoken languages of others. This dual awareness leads to conversations that are not just heard, but deeply understood.
  2. Conflict Resolution: Understanding and managing emotions are pivotal in diffusing conflicts. Emotionally intelligent individuals navigate disagreements with grace, seeking solutions that are not just compromises, but triumphs for all involved.
  3. Enhanced Leadership: Leaders adorned with emotional intelligence and empathy are like lighthouses, guiding their teams with authenticity and trust. Their empathetic approach fosters a culture of positivity and inclusion, resonating throughout the organization.
  4. Building Strong Relationships: In both personal and professional realms, emotional intelligence and empathy are the golden threads that weave strong, enduring relationships. This emotional connection cultivates trust, loyalty, and mutual support, fortifying bonds that withstand the test of time.

To conclude, emotional intelligence and empathy are not just skills, but essential life tools for navigating the complex web of human relationships. As our world grows ever more interconnected, our ability to understand and connect with others emotionally is not just beneficial, but imperative for personal and professional growth. By nurturing emotional intelligence, we not only sharpen our self-awareness and self-regulation but also kindle empathetic connections that enrich our lives and the lives around us. Embracing the transformative power of emotional intelligence and empathy, we pave the way for a more compassionate, harmonious society.

 

Jade Bodzasy

Jade Bodzasy

Jade Bodzasy, Founder of Emotional Intelligence Consulting Inc., is a dedicated Coach and Consultant for Optometric Practices. Her extensive background includes over 20,000 hours of expertise focused on customer relations, work structure refinement, training method development, and fostering improved work culture within Optometric practices.

Certified in Rational Emotive Behavior Techniques (REBT), Jade possesses a unique skillset that empowers individuals to gain profound insights into the origins of their behaviors, as well as those of others. Leveraging her certification, she equips optometry practices with invaluable resources and expert guidance to establish and sustain a positive, healthful, and productive work environment.


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Worklace Conflict

This is the first of two articles addressing Workplace Conflict
by Jade Bodzasy, Founder of Emotional Intelligence Consulting Inc.

If your practice has never experienced workplace conflict, Congratulations! BUT… it is likely that you are not looking deeply enough. Festering workplace conflict can toxify a practice, and is more visible to your patients than you may think.  

 

In any practice, conflicts and arguments are bound to arise. These disputes can stem from various factors such as personality clashes, differences in work styles, and discrimination. Resolving these conflicts is crucial for maintaining a harmonious work environment and fostering productive relationships among employees. In this article, we will explore the causes of workplace arguments and solutions you can use to transform your practice.

Understanding the Types of Workplace Conflicts

Clinic conflicts can manifest in different forms, each with its own set of challenges. By understanding the various types of conflicts, practices can proactively address and prevent them. Let’s explore some common types of conflicts that may arise in your practice:

  1. Personality-based Conflicts

Personality-based conflicts occur when individuals have contrasting personalities or values. These conflicts can arise when one employee dislikes another’s behavior or communication style.

  1. Task-based Conflicts

Task-based conflicts arise when employees work together on interdependent projects. If one team member fails to deliver their tasks on time or exhibits poor performance, it can lead to conflicts within the team.

  1. Leadership Conflicts

Differences in leadership styles can also contribute to clinic conflicts. When a leader’s management approach does not align with the preferences and personalities of their team members, arguments can start to surface.

  1. Workstyle Conflicts

Employees often have diverse work styles, with some preferring to work independently and others thriving in collaborative environments. Conflicts may arise when individuals with contrasting work styles are required to collaborate on projects.

  1. Conflicts from Discrimination

Discrimination based on factors such as age, ethnicity, race, or gender can lead to significant conflicts in the practice.

  1. Creative Idea-based Conflicts

Employees bring their unique perspectives and ideas to the practice, which can sometimes lead to creative idea conflicts. When individuals strongly believe in their own ideas, disagreements can start to develop.

The Importance of Resolving Conflicts in your practice

Resolving clinic conflicts is vital for several reasons. Ignoring conflicts can lead to a hostile work environment, adversely affecting morale and productivity. You can start to see why it’s important to work through and manage conflicts and arguments when they show up. However, It’s vital to know and understand what it could mean for your practice if you choose to ignore these issues.

Part 2 of Workplace Conflict will address why it is essential to mitigate conflict and strategies to do so. 

For resources on Conflict and Argument Management visit www.emotionalintelligenceconsultinginc.com

 

 

Jade Bodzasy

Jade Bodzasy

Jade Bodzasy, Founder of Emotional Intelligence Consulting Inc., is a dedicated Coach and Consultant for Optometric Practices. Her extensive background includes over 20,000 hours of expertise focused on customer relations, work structure refinement, training method development, and fostering improved work culture within Optometric practices.

Certified in Rational Emotive Behavior Techniques (REBT), Jade possesses a unique skillset that empowers individuals to gain profound insights into the origins of their behaviors, as well as those of others. Leveraging her certification, she equips optometry practices with invaluable resources and expert guidance to establish and sustain a positive, healthful, and productive work environment.


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In today’s workplace, building strong and positive relationships with coworkers is crucial for personal and professional success. It not only enhances job satisfaction but also promotes collaboration, productivity, and overall well-being. One of the key skills that can greatly contribute to effective relationship management is emotional intelligence.

Emotional intelligence, often referred to as EQ, is the ability to identify, understand, and manage our own emotions, as well as recognize and empathize with the emotions of others. By using emotional intelligence skills, individuals can navigate workplace relationships with empathy, adaptability, and effective communication. In this article, we will explore the importance of emotional intelligence in relationship management and provide practical strategies to enhance your EQ skills.

Why Emotional Intelligence Matters in the Workplace

 Effective relationship management is at the core of a healthy and thriving work environment. When you possess high emotional intelligence, you are better equipped to handle conflicts, manage stress, and foster positive connections with your coworkers. Without EQ your workplace will lack the important skills needing to create strong relationships with coworkers and in turn your patients. It will become an environment that could foster resentment, loneliness, and hostility.

Actively using EQ matters, because if we don’t make the conscious effort to use it we will default to protective behaviours in an environment that doesn’t require them. No one is fighting off lions, tigers, and bears in your workplace (hopefully) so why are we allowing our brains to respond in that way?

It’s vital to work on developing new default behaviours that encompass relationship management to maintain a constructive, happy and inclusive environment. We can only perform to the level we are taught, now let’s learn about relationship management!

Developing Emotional Intelligence for Relationship Management

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Now that you understand the importance of emotional intelligence in relationship management, let’s explore some strategies to develop and enhance our EQ skills. By incorporating these practices into your daily interactions, you can cultivate stronger and more meaningful connections with your coworkers:

  1. Self-Awareness

Self-awareness is the foundation of emotional intelligence. Take the time to reflect on your own emotions, triggers, and communication style. Recognize your strengths and areas for improvement. By understanding yourself better, you can become more mindful of how your emotions affect your actions and in turn, impact others.

  1. Active and Empathetic Listening

Active listening is a crucial skill for effective communication and relationship building. Practice truly listening to others without interrupting or formulating responses in your mind. Pay attention to both verbal and non-verbal cues, and show genuine interest and empathy in what others are saying and feeling.

  1. Empathy and Perspective-Taking

Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of others. Put yourself in their shoes and try to understand their perspective. It is important you let go of your own perspective on the matter at hand when doing this. It will help you respond with compassion and make others feel valued and understood.

  1. Emotional Regulation

Managing your own emotions is essential for building positive relationships. Take steps to regulate your emotions by practicing stress management techniques, such as body calming and wide perspective taking. By staying calm and composed, you can respond to challenging situations in a more constructive manner.

  1. Conflict Resolution Skills

Conflict is a natural part of relationships, but emotional intelligence can help navigate conflicts effectively. Focus on finding common ground, listening to others’ perspectives, and seeking mutually beneficial solutions. Avoid blame and defensiveness, and instead, approach conflicts with empathy and a willingness to find the win, win.

  1. Building Trust

Trust is the foundation of strong relationships. Be reliable, honest, and transparent in your interactions. Follow through on your commitments and demonstrate integrity in your actions. By building trust with your coworkers, you create a safe and supportive environment where collaboration thrives.

  1. Recognizing and Celebrating Successes

Acknowledge and appreciate the accomplishments of your coworkers. Celebrate their successes and provide positive feedback. By recognizing the contributions of others, you create a culture of support and encouragement, fostering stronger relationships within the team. When you celebrate the successes of your coworkers it’s like you are making a small relationship deposit into their “Relationship Bank Account”. As these add up over time you will see the relationships you have become very strong and secure.

  1. Continuous Learning and Improvement

Emotional intelligence is a skill that can be developed and improved over time. Seek opportunities for growth, such as attending workshops, virtual trainings, listening to podcasts, or reading books on emotional intelligence. Reflect on your interactions and identify areas for improvement. By continuously learning and striving to enhance your EQ skills, you can become a more effective relationship manager.

Take this with you

Emotional intelligence plays a vital role in relationship management in the workplace. By cultivating and honing your EQ skills, you can navigate conflicts, communicate effectively, and build strong and positive connections with your coworkers. Remember, emotional intelligence is a lifelong journey of self-awareness and continuous learning. By incorporating the strategies mentioned in this article, you can enhance your relationship management skills and create a more harmonious and fulfilling work environment for not only others but yourself as well.

It’s never too late to start learning, just take it one step at a time.

 

Jade Bodzasy

Jade Bodzasy

Jade Bodzasy, Founder of Emotional Intelligence Consulting Inc., is a dedicated Coach and Consultant for Optometric Practices. Her extensive background includes over 20,000 hours of expertise focused on customer relations, work structure refinement, training method development, and fostering improved work culture within Optometric practices.

Certified in Rational Emotive Behavior Techniques (REBT), Jade possesses a unique skillset that empowers individuals to gain profound insights into the origins of their behaviors, as well as those of others. Leveraging her certification, she equips optometry practices with invaluable resources and expert guidance to establish and sustain a positive, healthful, and productive work environment.


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Emotional Intelligence

Last issue we introduced new contributor, Jade Bodzasy, Founder of Emotional Intelligence Consulting Inc. Her first article introduced us to two of the three pillars of Emotional Intelligence: Self-Awareness and Self-Management.

Today she discusses the third and fourth pillars of EI and their application to patients and how practice owners and their staff can further develop EI skills.  

 

Social awareness is the third pillar of emotional intelligence.
It involves the ability to understand and empathize with the emotions, perspectives, and needs of others. In the eyecare field, social awareness is crucial for building strong relationships with patients and understanding their unique circumstances. Eyecare professionals with high social awareness can pick up on subtle emotional cues, listen actively, and respond with empathy.

Remember, Empathy is the ability to sense other people’s emotions and the skill to imagine what someone else might be thinking or feeling without placing your own experiences, biases, or opinions on what they are going through.

It is all about THEM!
Empathetic listening is a key skill in social awareness. By truly understanding how a patient feels about their state of eye health, eyecare professionals can gain a deeper knowledge of their concerns, fears, and needs.

This requires active engagement, non-verbal cues, and open-ended questions that encourage patients to share their experiences. When eyecare professionals demonstrate empathy and understanding, patients feel heard and valued, leading to greater trust and patients that are invested in your clinic.

Patients will commit to you, because you have a clear interest in their well-being beyond the clinical aspects of their care.

With Social Awareness in your toolbox you can start on the final pillar: Relationship management
Relationship management involves effectively managing interpersonal interactions and building positive relationships. In eyecare, strong relationships between you and patients are essential for successful treatment outcomes. By employing relationship management skills, you can foster trust, collaboration, and open communication with patients.

Listening SkillsOne important aspect of relationship management is the ability to create a feeling of comfort within your patients. When you can make a patient feel comfortable they will offer more information to you so that you can provide them with the best options for their care plan. We have to be diligent with reading the cues and listening to what patients are telling us in order to master our relationships with them.

Not everyone enters the clinic ready to manage their relationship with their eyecare professionals. Some have had a very difficult day and this is the last thing they want to be doing. By taking on the responsibility of the relationship between yourself and the patient, you increase the odds that they will have an amazing experience during their appointment.

How can I further my development of Emotional Intelligence?
 Developing emotional intelligence is an ongoing process that requires self-reflection, practice, and continuous learning. Seek out support to develop emotional intelligence in yourself and  professionals through training and education programs that Emotional Intelligence Consulting Inc has. These programs are designed specifically for eyecare professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to enhance their self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management skills.

Online learning EI SkillsTo improve self-awareness and self-management, you can engage in reflective practices such as journaling, awareness exercises, and self-assessment tools on your own. These activities help them become more aware of your own emotions, triggers, and biases, allowing you to regulate your emotions effectively. Additionally, seeking feedback from an EI professional will give you valuable insights into areas for growth and improvement.

Promoting social awareness and relationship management skills can be achieved through role-playing exercises, communication workshops, and team-building activities which are all great options for a productive team meeting. These activities allow you to practice active listening, empathy, and conflict resolution in a safe and supportive environment. By honing these skills, you can build strong relationships with patients and collaborate effectively as part of an Eyecare team.

Take this with you
Emotional intelligence is a powerful tool for eyecare professionals in managing patient experiences and building strong patient relationships. By developing self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management skills, you can navigate emotionally-charged situations with empathy and understanding. This leads to enhanced patient satisfaction, improved patient outcomes, and a more positive eyecare experience overall. By investing in the development of emotional intelligence, eye care clinics can create a culture of compassion and empathy, benefiting both patients and eyecare professionals alike.

It’s never too late to start learning, just take it one step at a time.

If you missed Jade’s prior article on EI, click here to view.

Look for Jade’s continuing series on how Emotional Intelligence can be applied in your practice setting. Learn More about Jade’s consulting service by visiting her website.


 

Jade Bodzasy

Jade Bodzasy

Jade Bodzasy, Founder of Emotional Intelligence Consulting Inc., is a dedicated Coach and Consultant for Optometric Practices. Her extensive background includes over 20,000 hours of expertise focused on customer relations, work structure refinement, training method development, and fostering improved work culture within Optometric practices.

Certified in Rational Emotive Behavior Techniques (REBT), Jade possesses a unique skillset that empowers individuals to gain profound insights into the origins of their behaviors, as well as those of others. Leveraging her certification, she equips optometry practices with invaluable resources and expert guidance to establish and sustain a positive, healthful, and productive work environment.


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Emotional Intelligence

Eye Care Business Canada is pleased to welcome a new contributor, Jade Bodzasy, Founder of Emotional Intelligence Consulting Inc. Certified in Rational Emotive Behavior Techniques (REBT), Jade possesses a unique skillset that empowers individuals to gain profound insights into the origins of their behaviors, as well as those of others. Jade is a dedicated coach and consultant for optometric practices with over 20,000 hours of expertise focused on customer relations, work structure refinement, training method development, and fostering improved work culture within optometric practices.

Jade’s aspiration is to unlock the full potential of optometry practices, enhancing their efficiency through the strategic integration of emotional intelligence methodologies. Her contributions promise to shape a more harmonious and thriving landscape within the realm of eye care business. 

 

In optometric practices, providing exceptional patient care goes beyond clinical expertise. It requires eye care professionals to effectively manage patient expectations and build strong relationships based on trust and empathy. For the talented individuals that are able to pull this off, they know it builds on the success of their clinic.

One crucial skill that can greatly contribute to this is emotional intelligence (EI). Emotional intelligence refers to the ability to recognize, understand, and manage your own emotions and those of others. By harnessing the power of emotional intelligence, eye care professionals can navigate emotionally charged situations with patients, enhance patient satisfaction, and ultimately improve patient outcomes.

What is the Foundation of Emotional Intelligence?
Self-awareness is the first pillar of emotional intelligence. It involves recognizing and understanding your own emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. In the context of eye care, self-awareness is crucial for effective patient communication. Eye care professionals who are self-aware can better manage their own emotions and reactions, allowing them to respond to patients with empathy and understanding.

By being aware of your own biases, triggers, and stressors, you can avoid projecting your own emotions onto patients and approach each interaction with a clear and open mind. This is the first step in understanding how to manage your patient’s experience.

“When we are aware of something, we can change it if we want to. If we are unaware we cannot make a change.”

It can be challenging to become aware in an area that you feel as though you are already confident in. However, it’s beneficial to be in the mindset of “We can always learn something new” and this allows for awareness opportunities so that you can improve.

Now how do you increase your self-awareness?

You can engage in reflective practices such as journaling or awareness exercises. Taking the time to reflect on your emotions and experiences can help you gain a deeper understanding of your own emotional responses and how they may impact your interactions with patients. This practice is a form of self-feedback and can provide valuable insights into areas for growth and improvement.

Now that I am Self-Aware, what do I do?
 Self-management is the second pillar of emotional intelligence. It involves the ability to regulate your emotions in a healthy and constructive manner. In the eye care industry setting, self-management is essential for maintaining professionalism and providing effective patient engagement. Eye care professionals who can effectively manage their emotions are better equipped to handle challenging situations, such as delivering difficult news or managing patient frustrations. They can remain calm, composed, and empathetic, even in high-pressure environments. When you can implement these skills, you start to see how this is going to drastically change your patient’s experience in your clinic.

Here is an interesting way to view this whole self-management concept. 

Angry Patient asks, "Where are my Glasses"There is a patient that is wildly frustrated because they thought their glasses would be ready in two weeks time and they are not.

They are being very vocal in a loud way about how this has caused them a great deal of frustration and is a huge inconvenience.

You have three staff members you can pick from to handle the situation, one is a front desk Administrative assistant, the other is an Optician, and the last one is the Clinic Manager.

Which one do you send into the frustrated patient situation?

We all tend to ask ourselves this question to find our answer “Who’s Manager, or Who’s worked here the longest?” and although sometimes this works, it’s often not the best option.

Try asking yourself this instead “Who has had the most experience with remaining calm and empathetic in these situations?” That person is likely your staff member with the highest amount of self-regulation. This means they will be your best option for turning this situation around.

Whether someone knows all the lenses, understands the in’s and out’s of your operating systems or has the highest IQ, none of that will help them if they cannot regulate themselves in a high stress situation.

To calm someone down, you first need to calm yourself down.

One strategy for self-management is increasing emotional resilience. This involves recognizing emotions as they arise and taking steps to regulate them. In a challenging situation like the one above, take a moment to acknowledge to yourself that you are having an emotional response and choose whether or not it is beneficial to the patient if you react to it.

It is also important for eye care professionals to take care of their own well-being, ensuring they have the support and resources they need to manage stressful situations and not carry those forward with them into other moments.

Look for Jade’s continuing series on how Emotional Intelligence can be applied in your practice setting. Learn More about Jade’s consulting service by visiting her website.


 

Jade Bodzasy

Jade Bodzasy

Jade Bodzasy, Founder of Emotional Intelligence Consulting Inc., is a dedicated Coach and Consultant for Optometric Practices. Her extensive background includes over 20,000 hours of expertise focused on customer relations, work structure refinement, training method development, and fostering improved work culture within Optometric practices.

Certified in Rational Emotive Behavior Techniques (REBT), Jade possesses a unique skillset that empowers individuals to gain profound insights into the origins of their behaviors, as well as those of others. Leveraging her certification, she equips optometry practices with invaluable resources and expert guidance to establish and sustain a positive, healthful, and productive work environment.


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