Why being empathetic may hurt your career more than help it

Having too much empathy in the workplace might be a deterrent in your career and may hurt your business, some psychologists speculate. Writers in ‘Psychology Today’ believe that overly empathetic people may have a diminished ability or inability to make decisions in their or their company’s best interest. Business analysts believe that it is the company’s best interest for their employees to be concerned about the business before being concerned about the employee. It would seem fruitless for companies to keep employees that were no longer needed or under-performed in the workplace. If someone at the company is no longer of value — law of nature says to remove them.

Key Takeaways:

  • Empathic individuals put the needs of others ahead of their own, which can lead to a team leader putting their team’s concerns ahead of their own, or even their business.
  • Far from being warm and fuzzy, it’s been noted that many top entrepreneurs have a strong ‘jerk’ component in their makeup.
  • Being okay with making decisions that can negatively impact others is actually a critical business asset.

“Psychologists say empathy isn’t always a good thing in business.”

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/how-less-empathy-can-make-you-successful-2017-8

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