Meeting Emotional Needs

Did you have a different split-second reaction to each of the previous photos?

Do you understand the emotions of your clients, donors, volunteers, board members, staff? The Gallup Organization created a measurement tool to determine if an employee was engaged in the a job that best supported their individual talents. In the book First, Break All The Rules by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman they outline the Measuring Stick instrument that was developed by Gallup. At least three questions relate directly to emotional investment at work:

  1. In the last seven days, have I received recognition or praise for doing good work?
  2. Does my supervisor, or someone at work, seem to care about me as a person?
  3. Do I have a best friend at work?

Just thinking about all those individuals you interact with both within and outside of your enterprise? Think about the role that emotions play. What does your organization do to recognize and support the emotions of your key constituents? How do you measure success and emotional engagement?

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