Tips for developing awareness of others

Uncategorized Apr 25, 2022

In a nutshell, being aware of others is to have the ability to understand others’ emotions and reactions and respond in a supportive and non-stereotypical manner.

Below are tips on how to be more aware of others and engage in more productive emotionally intelligent behaviours.

  1. Make time to get to know the people you work with, what they enjoy or find challenging about work, their personalities and values.
  2. Pay attention to the way others are feeling, their body language, facial expressions and tone of voice, and adjust yourself to better fit together.
  3. Ask open questions about others’ thoughts, feelings and perspectives when appropriate.
  4. Acknowledge other people’s hard work, thoughts, feelings and perspectives.


Why does it matter? Being aware of others contributes to better behaviour and achievement in work and increased engagement with community and workflow.

Positive workplace climate: With a strong sense of being aware of others, one can more easily adapt to their environment, empathise with the perspectives of others, and engage in fewer disruptive behaviours. This, in turn, creates a conducive environment for productivity and learning.

Better relationships with colleagues: Being able to engage in constructive communication whenever conflicts arise and benefit from learning how to take advantage of social support.

Fewer risky behaviours:  Being able to adapt to new environments, understanding the needs and perspectives of others, knowing where to get support when needed and less prone to emotional distress and less likely to engage in risky behaviours.

What tips will you try out today to leave the people around you better than when you found them? 

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