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Emotional Decision Making at the Workplace – How to prevent it

Emotional decision making at the workplace - how to prevent it
The workplace is full of decision and many of them are costly

Decision-making is a skill that some people are good at, and at the same time, a skill that can be developed. What makes it important is the fact that poor decision making can make or break you. In fact, in some cases, one decision can end your career in an instant. This is a major problem for those who are emotional. It is okay for the emotions to guide us, but excessive emotions would not help. The worst part is, when emotions overflow, the logic hinders and the thinking skill would weaken.

 One of the struggles of being a leader is when they get mad, worry, or frustrated with their employees. Being a leader means that you’re being the head. It’s like you’re the pilot in a plane and you have the complete control of everything. However, even leaders have struggled on different matters even if it’s outside the workplace.

            For instance, there’s an employee who’s not being productive as the others – if the salary is fixed per month, the employee will get the full salary without contributing the job that he or she must do, which will be unfair for the employers.

            So, how do we leaders overcome such cases?

Emotional decision making at the workplace - how to prevent it
Leaders need to control their emotions and prevent them from overpowering their judgment

Don’t decide everything on your own

Face it – you’re only human. You have your limits. If you can’t handle it, ask for someone’s help – someone dependable and logical. It’s not bad to ask for insights from other people because they can still help. It is highly advisable to create a board of advisers who are neutral to the business and its members. Also, keep the habit of encouraging your team to speak up about their thoughts, opinions, and ideas. In fact, if the decisions are made as a group, teamwork happens, and the results are likely to be more enjoyable.

Consider the pros and cons

In times of tight situations, emotions have high chances to take over. If that’s the case, listing the pros and cons of each decision can help you sort out the problem. Take time to jot down your thoughts and sort through the details before taking any action. Be realistic with the fact that each action comes a consequence. Writing the possibilities down will help you see your options and the consequences that you can handle.

Find a way to cool off

If it’ll be a big decision to make, consider taking a break for a while. Find a way to cool off. This helps you to relax and keep a clear head before making decisions. Eating something good? Drinking something refreshing? Calming music? Do anything that can help you release the stress you’re feeling.

Managing conflict

Develop a plan you can follow and trust for healthy decision-making. For example, when you’re feeling angry or emotional, give yourself time to breathe, process and gather your thoughts together before responding. Take your time. Deciding on a rush can be reckless. Use this time to gather more facts and see how you’ll communicate productively and proactively.

Trust your gut feelings

After you consult other people’s insights and learn from those who had the same experience, finally go with your gut feeling, your intuition. In an instant, your subconscious mind takes all of your knowledge and creates a feeling that can lead you to the right decision.

Ask yourself questions

The goal why you’re processing everything before making a decision isn’t to get rid of your emotions, but to develop higher consciousness so you can use this powerful force. As yourself these – What happened the last time you experience the same case? How did you feel about your response? How do you want to feel right now? What can you do to learn? What else can help you to make better decisions?

Career changes

Some employees, on the other hand, may experience getting sick of their boss and quit suddenly without thinking about it thoroughly and regret it after, because they weren’t able to anticipate the results. Making changes in the career is a very serious matter and dealing with this demands the usage of wits instead of emotions to come up with a professional decision. Not because your boss isn’t nice means that things should be put to an end – because it can be settled through healthy communication.

Accept and face the result

When the decision has been made, accept the consequences. There’s a possibility that a decision has its positives and negatives, but what’s important is you created the judgment and resolved the problem. If you came up with a decision that you think isn’t the best, still learn to accept it and learn from the experience. We humans cannot be perfect and can be smart at all times, but there’s always room to learn.

You may also want to read: How to deal failure – as a leader?

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