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Understanding energy and how this affects people and organisations

May 16 2016

There are many levels of energy an individual can reach.  Sometimes it is very clear to a person that their energy is low.  For others it is only clear how low their energy had been when they reach higher levels of energy.

Energy impacts many work related factors such as:

Performance

Productivity

Resilience to pressure

Creativity and innovation

Health and therefore absence

Engagement and retention

Happiness and job satisfaction

The two main areas responsible for draining energy are the organisation and how it’s managed, and an individual’s daily and weekly habits.

Here are some examples of how an organisation can negatively impact their employees energy.

COMPANY DIRECTION:

There is a lack of clarity around company mission and values

There is a lack of clarity around why the company does what it does

There is a lack of clarity around how each employee’s role contributes to the overall business mission

DIRECTORS AND MANAGERS:

Decisions are driven solely by profit, without recognising how this impacts the employees

Leaders and managers have a negative communication style (closed, one way, micro managing, inconsistent, lacking trust and emotional intelligence)

There is a lack of awareness around workload and deadlines from managers and employees feel undervalued for their efforts

ENVIRONMENT AND PEOPLE:

The energy of the space in which people work

The energy of the workforce culture is negative and highly stressed

The energy within a team

 

Here are some examples of how an individual's habits can negatively impact their energy.

WORK LIFE BALANCE HABITS:

Working long, intense hours

No clear switch off time from work during evenings, weekends and holidays

Not spending enough time with family and friends

THE COMMUTE HABITS:

Long commute

Busy commute

Reading negative stories in the news

WORKING PRACTICE HABITS:

Working for long periods without a break

Managing a big workload with tight deadlines

Working in a job role that does not play to your strengths

MIND MANAGEMENT HABITS:

Negative talking, thinking and emotions

Repetitive thinking

Not taking action on problems, thereby continually carrying the energy of those problems

SLEEP HABITS:

Insufficient sleep

Poor sleep quality, i.e. not reaching the deeper levels of the sleep cycle

Late to bed

NUTRITION HABITS:

Eating processed foods and high sugar foods

Eating foods that are hard to digest, i.e. wheat, gluten, dairy

Regularly drinking alcohol, caffeine and sugary drinks

EXERCISE HABITS:

Living with a sedentary lifestyle, i.e. not enough movement

Too much exercise, i.e. over training

Lack of balance to your exercise routine

TECHNOLOGY USE HABITS:

Being switched on to technology non stop throughout the day

Poor posture while using technology

Switched on to technology for the last hour before bed

RELAXATION HABITS:

  • Not switching off from work and/or technology in the evening and weekends
  • Not having a daily relaxation habit in place to calm the nervous system
  • Not allocating time each week to just be and not do. Relax and contemplate

IN SUMMARY

It is important that the leaders and managers within an organisation take responsibility over how they run the organisation so as to maximise the energy of their teams.  It is also key that each individual takes responsibility for their habits to positively effect their energy.  It is through the combination of these two factors that organisations can create a healthy, energised, engaged and high performing workforce.

 

 

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