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High sensitivity in the workplace

~ Is there someone in your office who is warm, emotional, and sometimes easily upset? Do they do their best when there is no distraction and are sometimes distracted by "little" things that others would not notice? Or do you fit that description yourself? If so, chances are it is a highly sensitive person - and perhaps this is the greatest asset your company has. ~

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Is there someone in your office who is warm, emotional, and at times easily upset? Do they work best when there are no distractions, are creative in finding solutions, and are sometimes distracted by 'little' things that others wouldn't notice?

Or do you fit that description yourself? (do the testIf so, chances are it is a highly sensitive person - and perhaps this is the greatest asset your company has.

 

High sensitivity in the workplace

What does it really mean to be highly sensitive?

Simply put, high sensitivity means your brain sea information more thorough processing. As a result, an HSP is more involved in small changes in the environment, including the emotions of others. It also means that they tend to process their own experiences very deeply - highly sensitive people are known to be considerate, careful decision-makers, as well as strong feeling people.

It even turns out that physical sensitivity and emotional sensitivity are in many ways the same trait. They are so closely related that if you use acetaminophen for dull physical pain, you will score lower on an empathy test until the drug wears off.

Read here; what is a highly sensitive person

Attention is a typical feature

Of course, we are all sensitive to some degree. But sensitivity exists on a continuum, and some people are more sensitive than others. At least 20% of people are wired to be highly sensitive, and their minds are like powerful processors taking in everything around them.

Psychologists consider high sensitivity to be a normal, healthy trait, and in many ways it shows the best parts of what makes us human. In the workplace, however, these highly sensitive people (HSPs) are often seen as a burden - despite the enormous hidden strengths that sensitive employees bring to the table.

Read here; the characteristics of a highly sensitive person

High sensitivity in the workplace - high sensitivity in the workplace - Edwin van der Hoeven

Highly sensitive employees are undervalued

Ask a highly sensitive person what it is like to be sensitive in their work and you will get very revealing answers. You will see a number of typical situations;

  • hsp-ers discover errors that others miss,
  • they see changes coming long before they happen,
  • it is as if they “read” customers like books.

The fact that they are sensitive to small clues gives them an edge that can sometimes seem creepy. The highly sensitive employees are often among the most creative members of their teams.

Read here: the talents of highly sensitive employees

The need for more time and space

However, instead of stimulating these qualities, many highly sensitive employees experience that their managers focus on the disadvantages. Because they process information so deeply, HSPs usually need a little extra time to think about things before starting a new assignment. For the same reason, they experience extra stress due to tight deadlines.

Without coaching, highly sensitive employees can have a hard time dealing with conflict - be it a colleague chewing gum too hard or a campaign battle with a competitor. These are all things that sensitive people can overcome with support and guidance, but they are rarely offered. Instead they are told to 'harder'to become or'grow thicker skin'.

High sensitivity in the workplace - high sensitivity in the workplace - Edwin van der Hoeven
Perhaps the biggest gap, however, is simply the work environment itself. Sensitive people can become overstimulated in busy open-plan office environments, or by “loud” emotions such as a boss yelling or a colleague radiating frustration. The highly sensitive employee can even be aware of small things: for example, the temperature in the office, a squeaky door, a ticking of the heating or other seemingly small 'things'. All of this can sometimes be a mystery to less sensitive colleagues - or managers - who can easily ignore or fail to notice these things. But it's just the cost of a mind that digs deep into everything. And such a mind has enormous advantages. Want to know more about? Contact us or make an appointment.

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20% of the people are Highly Sensitive ... maybe you too.

You sense things very clearly and you notice that you react differently to situations than most people. At work or in a relationship you can sometimes not be understood as a Highly Sensitive Person. But it starts with you. Do you already understand what it means to be highly sensitive and to experience this not as a burden but as a strength? I would be happy to help you. 

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