I am very sensitive to how other people are doing in the office. In the past, I have helped people having a bad day, listened to their wild and fantastic and angry stories about coworkers and management etc. (not by request, they always initiate). I don't insert judgement (as best possible ;) ) and I try to say "Well" and "I see" and "How do you feel about that" rather than "Darryl! That's absurd and rude!"... I HATE judgemental people... we hurt each other every day.
I listen, I care. It's extremely important in an office whether it be very professional or completely unprofessional environment.
Kyla: Sharon is such an awful awful person. I hate her. She's always telling people I'm terrible. Me: How long has this been going on? Have you talked to HR? That's terrible news. Ya know I've felt that way so many times and what I did was.... Maybe it will pass, come on over an talk to me if you need to... etc.
I know very well how to TRY to help too because after all, I've made so many unbelievable gaffes myself.
What is that skill called?
I feel like its extremely valuable and I want to wave it around so that the hiring manager knows something important about me AND we can also quickly find out how much THEY care before I waste time with an interview ;)