8th December 2016

Emotional Metrics

One of the biggest gaps in modern social development is the ability to measure what are known as “soft skills”. For years senior psychology researchers have been calling for clearer definitions for social emotional competencies related to personal development, stating that a “new scale of development is required”.

SEDi partner RocheMartin, are the global leaders in defining and measuring the social emotional skills which lie inside Resilience and Wellbeing. Their acclaimed emotional psychometric assessment the Emotional Capital Report (ECR™), is a rigorous and compelling way of measuring benchmarking the linked to how well people cope, and rebound from adversity, engage with society and live fulfilling lives.

SEDi founder Jay Baughan has established a long-standing partnership with RocheMartin, giving the SESA Initiative a robust capacity to Define, Measure and Develop social emotional competencies during all learning and development activities, and holistically through its Emotional Capital in Young People survey across entire communities.

A recent international study, involving nearly 7,000 professional people and using the ECR™ , has been published in the Australian Psychological Society’s blue ribbon journal, The Australasian Journal of Organizational Psychology.

The study covered 11 countries and the results provided solid scientific support for the validity and reliability of the ECR™ data.

There were THREE fundamental findings from this study:

The Emotional Capital Report scales correlated strongly to measures of normal personality, and negatively to measures of depression, and psychopathology, suggesting that in addition to being supportive of effective functioning in social and professional situations, EQ is also protective against stress and strong negative emotion.

The majority of correlations between the Emotional Capital Report and personality measures were much lower, suggesting that the measurement accounts for additional emotional and social factors related to performance that are missed by traditional personality measures.

This study provided robust support for the use of the Emotional Capital Report as an exciting new technology to help HR, Learning and Development professionals build Social Emotional Skills (SES), and to measure them in relation to Wellbeing and Resilience