In recent years I’ve come to realise that being good at your job isn’t just about being good at your particular skillset. Much of work performances is about how your mind behaves and reacts to certain situations. Do you become angry when people disagree with you? Do you work yourself too hard and risk your mental health?
I’ve written a couple of pieces around this topic in the last few months. The first is a discussion of the importance of Emotional Intelligence and how you can go about improving yours (Manage Your Emotions, Get Better at Your Job on PocketGamer.biz).
The second is about my experience of going through the rather painful experience of Occupational Burnout (I Got Occupational Burnout – And You Might, Too on Games Industry International).
I believe we, as an industry, need to talk more openly and gain better understanding of what impact our mind plays in every day work. From better understanding our own and other’s emotions, through to taking care of our own and each other’s mental health. Let’s shake off the stigmas around mental health and talking about emotions, because it will ultimately lead us to more sustainable and happier work places.