Emotional vs Intellectual Decisions

When it comes to deciding whether to accept a job offer, how do you make that decision? Do you react impulsively and jump at the first offer? Do you take your time to negotiate or perhaps make a pros and cons list to figure out whether that job is even a good fit for you? Believe it or not, there are strategies you should consider when making any big decision, including where you want to work, or in the case of a clinic owner, who you want to hire.

Behavioral scientists have long researched how and why people make decisions. Studies show emotions play a big role, but not always in a positive manner. Emotions can block rational thinking, in turn leaving out intellectual factors necessary when processing decisions.

How can you be less emotional and more intellectual when it comes to deciding what to do about your next job offer? Consider the following tips featured in Forbes magazine:

  • Recognize and name the feelings you are experiencing
  • Identify the root emotional cause of the feelings to process it
  • Avoid making decisions while tired or stressed
  • Resist the urge to act impulsively

In other words, don’t rush to accept the first offer you get, even if it feels like the right one. By waiting a little longer, you are leaving yourself open to receiving a better offer from the prospective clinic, or you could find another clinic that is a better fit.

Emotions play a role in the decision-making process for clinic owners, too. There is a natural bias when hiring. One tends to feel more connected to a candidate who is like her/himself – whether it’s because you graduated from the same school or went through similar training. However, hiring someone who is different from you can be beneficial because the associate can bring new ways of working and offer diverse solutions. Another intellectual component to consider when deciding on whether to hire a candidate – be open to different levels of experience. While candidates with more years on the job bring solid examples of past actions, less experienced candidates usually bring a level of drive and enthusiasm that prove them to be successful employees, possibly resulting in less turnover.

Using the right recruiting service takes out the guesswork when making a hiring decision. If you would like to know more about VMG Consulting & Recruiting Services, I’d be happy to talk with you.



Jeffrey Audette