Originally posted on The Horizons Tracker.
In these most uncertain of times, the ability to have a degree of self-efficacy is strongly linked to our ability to get through whatever circumstances we may encounter. New research1 from IE University Madrid suggests that such self-efficacy can be developed in employees when they are encouraged to improve their emotional flexibility.
“The current pandemic situation demands flexibility and resilient,” the researchers explain. “Learning new skills and adapting continuously can result in a lot of pressure and insecurity. Developing self-confidence to handle this and to continue to learn new skills is essential for sustainable employment and participation in society.”
The researchers argue that developing this self-efficacy relies to a large extent on our emotional flexibility, as this helps us to handle changes more effectively, which in turn helps us to develop better mental health.
Dealing with change brings people face to face with discomfort, so it’s important that people get used to that fact. The researchers suggest that emotional flexibility, or as they call it “Acceptance and Commitment Training or Therapy” (ACT), can prove crucial. ACT helps people to develop the skills required to deal with stress and discomfort.
It’s an evidence-based approach and is often used in clinical therapy when dealing with things such as depression and anxiety. It’s an approach that the researchers believe can also be effective in a work context, and they were able to showcase this among knowledge workers in Germany, where ACT training helped to develop higher self-confidence and resilience.
“There is a fast increasing need in society for skills related to self-confidence and emotional flexibility,” the researchers conclude. “There should be increasing training in the areas of emotional intelligence and flexibility but these trainings often remain optional. This research emphasizes the urgency, effectiveness and feasibility of training in the area of self-confidence and emotional flexibility.”
Article source: Developing Self-Efficacy In Workers.
- Brassey, J., Witteloostuijn, A. V., Huszka, C., Silberzahn, T., & Dam, N. V. (2020). Emotional flexibility and general self-efficacy: A pilot training intervention study with knowledge workers. PloS one, 15(10), e0237821. ↩