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Exploring the Interplay between Stress, Emotional Intelligence, and Self-Esteem in Corporate Employees

In today’s fast-paced and competitive corporate environment, understanding the psychological well-being of employees is crucial for both individual and organisational success. Recent research, done with the help of my colleagues, presented in my Bachelor’s thesis , delves into the intricate relationships between stress, emotional intelligence, and self-esteem among corporate employees. This article summarises the key findings and implications of my study.

Key Findings

1. Stress and Self-Esteem:

The study identified a significant negative correlation between stress levels and self-esteem. This relationship was more pronounced among female employees compared to their male counterparts. High levels of stress tend to erode self-esteem, particularly in women, highlighting the need for gender-sensitive stress management strategies in the workplace.

2. Emotional Intelligence and Stress:

A weak but significant negative correlation was found between emotional intelligence and stress. This suggests that employees with higher emotional intelligence might experience lower stress, or vice versa. This finding challenges the conventional belief that emotional intelligence uniformly contributes to less stress.

3. Work Schedule and Self-Esteem:

Contrary to expectations, the study found no significant differences in self-esteem between part-time and full-time employees. This indicates that the nature of employment (part-time vs. full-time) does not significantly impact an employee’s self-esteem, suggesting other factors at play.

4. Education Level and Emotional Intelligence:

The research revealed no significant differences in emotional intelligence levels between employees with secondary education and those with higher education. This contradicts the hypothesis that higher education levels correlate with higher emotional intelligence.

5. Age and the Stability of Self-Esteem and Emotional Intelligence

For younger employees (18-35 years), there was no correlation between self-esteem and emotional intelligence, indicating stability in these variables within this age group. However, among mature employees (36-65 years), a significant negative correlation was found, suggesting that as employees age, they might either develop emotional intelligence at the cost of self-esteem or experience a decline in self-esteem despite growing emotional intelligence.

6. Income and Self-Esteem:

Self-esteem was found to be an influential factor in employees’ income levels. Employees with lower self-esteem tended to earn less compared to those with moderate or high self-esteem. Interestingly, emotional intelligence did not show a significant impact on income, underscoring the critical role of self-esteem in financial success.

Implications for Corporate Management

1. Gender-Sensitive Stress Management:

Given the heightened impact of stress on women’s self-esteem, organisations should consider implementing gender-sensitive stress management programs. Providing support systems and resources tailored to the needs of female employees can help mitigate this issue.

2. Comprehensive Employee Development Programs:

While emotional intelligence training is valuable, it’s essential to address self-esteem issues concurrently. Development programs should aim to bolster both emotional intelligence and self-esteem to foster well-rounded personal growth.

3. Flexible Work Policies:

Since the type of employment (part-time vs. full-time) does not significantly affect self-esteem, organisations can offer flexible work arrangements without fearing a detrimental impact on employees’ self-esteem. This flexibility can improve work-life balance and overall job satisfaction.

4. Age-Specific Interventions:

Different age groups may require tailored interventions. For younger employees, maintaining the stability of self-esteem and emotional intelligence is key, while for older employees, strategies to balance and enhance both attributes are necessary.

5. Focus on Self-Esteem for Financial Success:

Enhancing self-esteem could be a strategic approach to boosting employees’ financial success. Workshops, counselling, and other interventions aimed at increasing self-esteem can have a positive ripple effect on employees’ earnings and overall financial well-being.


This research offers valuable insights into the dynamics of stress, emotional intelligence, and self-esteem among corporate employees. By addressing these factors through targeted interventions and policies, organisations can improve employee well-being, enhance productivity, and foster a healthier work environment. Understanding and acting on these relationships is not just beneficial for employees but also essential for the sustained success of the organization.