Cultivating Emotional and Social Intelligence (ESI) Throughout Promega
To foster a supportive and dynamic work environment, Promega embraces the principles of emotional and social intelligence (ESI). ESI helps employees improve relationships, manage stress and strengthen the emotional infrastructure at Promega to support a strong future. The ProMindful program, offered to employees interested in the practice of mindfulness, is comprised of 15-minute community sessions including traditional silent and guided meditation, mindful movement, sound meditation and monthly sessions for people new to mindfulness.
A three-week ProMindful Parenting course has taught employees ESI-imbued parenting practices and included a forum to share challenges and successes. Such forums offer many different tastes of mindfulness while cultivating self-awareness and other-awareness, the building blocks for ESI. We have received positive feedback, with employees sharing stories of improved patience and communication skills, creative problem-solving, more effective team functioning, improved customer interactions, compassion for self and others, and even physical changes.
Our ESI teachings expanded to 3 “bootcamps” in 2017 designed as an immersive experience to teach ESI skills and enrich the Promega culture of well-being. Participants took a deep dive into ESI through introspection, dialogue and group process, and awakened areas of potential in themselves. Employees of all three sessions reported personal growth, new understandings about difficult life circumstances, enlivened relationships, greater happiness and enthusiasm to share what they learned.
Educating the Emotions in 40 Days–An Experience in Spain
“Our philosophy of life and the way we deal with our emotions does not change from one day to the next. Just like our physical condition, this requires training to make progress. It has been scientifically proven that to bring about a lasting change in our emotional perceptions, we need at least 40 days. More than half of our colleagues in Spain participated in a project last year where we opened an envelope with a new reading during 40 consecutive days. Sometimes this was nothing more than a reflection, but more often, it was a sincere description of different emotional situations for which we were invited to critically analyze ourselves and to note how we reacted in similar situations in the past (like watching yourself in a mirror) and what effect this had on the people around us, both in our business environment and in our private life. Every day we started with our 'programming for the day' and in the evenings we wrote down our evaluation of how the day had ended and what we had learned along the way (learning of the day).
The program has helped me to deal more efficiently with meetings, by imagining in advance the desired outcome. I am now much more satisfied with what I achieve, because I am working towards an ‘ideal’ outcome of the discussions with my colleagues. Another important experience was to realize that despite all the planning beforehand, things never go exactly the way you want which can lead to frustrations. However, even within the negativity, there are always positive aspects that you can learn from and that will help lift your mood if you’re able to recognize them.”