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Using virtual reality to promote emotional intelligence in management

Using virtual reality to promote emotional intelligence in management

Nowadays, good managerial practice emphasizes ethics, creating a climate of confidence, good communication, quality of life at work, personalized management in line with individual personalities, etc. (obviously this list is non exhaustive).

Feeling recognized and valued at work is always a headline finding of surveys, along with happiness at work.

Groupe de personne en réunionPutting back (or putting) the human touch into everyday working life at a time when personal development is becoming increasingly important is a major issue for many organisations (big and small).

What if new technologies could enhance companies’ human touch?

According to recent research, augmented and virtual reality exercize a major influence on participants’ behavior by making them aware of the impact that this or that action may have on the other person.

In effect, as a manager, if you participate in immersive scenes where your action and communication has a visible, genuine impact on your team, for example, it is a strong bet that the emotion you feel will influence your future actions.

In other terms, the way you communicate (tone of voice, choice of words, etc.) has a strong impact on the people around you and their reaction to this perception. However, sometimes we don’t realize the image we are projecting and the impact we are having on others.

Therefore, virtual reality that enables us to  put ourselves in very realistic everyday situations is revealing. We are confronted with other people, we see them react to interactions with their sensibility, personality, heightened personal stress. We see them happy, sad, annoyed or, more subtly, disappointed and we understand better (we feel) the impact we are having.

The idea here is to  become aware, intuitive and to adapt ourselves better to different people by developing our human skills in terms of verbal and non-verbal communication;

How do you react when faced with an attack (real or perceived) on those around you? Does your stress level rise? Your feeling of injustice? Of anger or confusion?

Working on yourself in realistic situations enables you to free yourself from negative emotions. Likewise, if you are a manager and – with your nose to the grindstone – have the tendency to not pay attention to other people, the emotional character of virtual reality invites you to reconnect with the situation, the emotions being transmitted and enables you to grow in your managerial style.