What is the Emotion Revolution in the Workplace?

The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and the Faas Foundation are partnering in a groundbreaking study to define how workplace culture affects employee health and psychological well-being called the Emotion Revolution in the Workplace.

Current measures of workplace culture are woefully lacking. Far too often bullying and unhealthy hierarchies are ingrained in organizations, making them invisible to human resources and employees struggling to fulfill their own potential. Longstanding metrics, such as the 360 Assessment, employee surveys, and performance management systems are outdated and do little or nothing to gauge the mood of employees.

The Emotion Revolution in the Workplace study will be the first step in helping America build psychologically healthy, safe and fair workplaces. Headlines about toxic workplace culture abound showing that corporate management is ignoring one unsalable fact: Feelings drive organizational behavior. Yet little is known about the emotions workers experience each day and how to quantify the impact of emotions.

The Emotion Revolution in the Workplace Initiative will determine how employees at all levels feel about their work, why they feel the way they do, and the impact that emotions have on physical and mental wellness, individual and organizational performance, creativity, innovation and freedom of expression.

Findings on how employees feel about work and why they feel the way they do, will help identify what motivates employees to contribute to their maximum potential and factors that restrict or restrain them. 

Dr. Marc Brackett, Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, announcing the Emotion Revolution in the Workplace in February 2016.

Dr. Marc Brackett, Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, announcing the Emotion Revolution in the Workplace in February 2016.

With this data, along with input from representatives of participating organizations, the Emotion Revolution in the Workplace will develop quantifiable, evidence-based solutions to help organizations reduce unnecessary stress factors; share best practices about the factors that motivate employees and connect employees with the emotional tools they need to reach their maximum potential.

The initiative is patterned after the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence’s Emotion Revolution in high schools, which strengthened the scientific understanding of how to effectively build positive school climates and connect young people with the emotional tools they need to lead happy, healthy, and productive lives.