Getting into a heated argument doesn’t just put you in a bad mood. It can also compromise your ability to perform everyday tasks. A famous quote reads: “Don’t make decisions when you’re angry. Don’t make promises when you’re happy.” As we know that human feelings keep running high for a variety of reasons. A search on Google News for the word “outrage” brings up 4.4 million results. Since emotions are contagious, there’s a bigger chance of running into angry people at work, too. And when anger spills over into the workplace, it can cause real damage to team decision-making.
According to emotional bias research from the Cloverpop team decision making database, anger only affects about one in 50 team decisions in typical business environments. Anger’s little cousin “irritated” is more common, but still affects fewer than 1 in 12 decisions. On the bright side, business decision makers are 10 to 20 times more likely to feel hopeful, interested or curious than they are to feel angry.