6 Seconds is one of the premier organizations bringing EI training to schools and corporations (full disclosure-I trained with them). Here are some results from their recent workplace survey. Would you be surprised to note that --despite current economic pressure--the vast majority of responses still focus on the “people side?"
89% say employee’s feelings are “important” or “essential” to solving the issues the organization faces
91% report that “emotional intelligence” skills are “important” or “essential” to solving the issues the organization faces
The “people issues” are perceived to be about 63% more significant than “technical issues”
You can find more info on this survey here.