Tackle workplace wellness with the Emotional Processing Scale – Wellbeing

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With a post-Covid expectation of return to work and normality, many employees are left unable to understand how they should feel about it – and organisations unsure how to support them.

The Emotional Processing Scale – Wellbeing (EPS-W) is a concrete answer and measurable action to the question: how do we begin to move forward?

The EPS-W is a 25-item questionnaire examining emotional processing through five dimensions: emotional openness, signs of unprocessed emotion, controllability of emotion, facing emotions, and emotional connectedness. The assessment takes just 10 minutes to complete, but with its careful questions is a useful predictor of those at risk.

Its predecessor, The Emotional Processing Scale, is a British Psychological Society-registered assessment of emotional processing developed for use in a clinical (often therapy-based) setting. While the idea for a workplace emotional processing assessment had long lingered, the Covid-19 pandemic brought it to the fore: with work life and home life colliding, it became clear that organisations had to do more, to fight harder, for employees – tackling wellness, productivity, and retention. The EPS-W is easy to administer and, when used in a development or coaching context or as part of a wellbeing intervention, can provide useful insights into how individuals and teams manage change, transitions, and challenges in roles.

With two test reports containing rich information for both the coach/wellness programme leader (test user) and the respondent/employee (test taker), the EPS-W breaks down the five dimensions in a practical, useable way – and provides suggestions on what the test taker can do next. Using the secure, accessible Hogrefe Testsystem platform, the EPS-W can be taken just once for specific development reasons, or multiple times over a defined period so the test taker and coach can track progress and become more mindful about lingering unprocessed emotions. Each test taker is also provided a ‘daily emotions’ chart so they can begin to track any signs of unprocessed emotions.

Read more about the Emotional Process Scale – Wellbeing on our EPS-W webpage, or have a look at the Personal Insight (narrative) report to see what kind of information and guidance is provided with each assessment. Interested in accessing large numbers of reports? Contact us for discount options or more information about our test platform.