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.
Movement equals energy. Simply put, the more we move, the more energised we feel. On the other hand if we have a less active lifestyle, the more sluggish and tired we feel. If we regularly feel low in energy then this can affect our resilience, defined as the power or ability to bounce back, such as coping with daily pressures and adversity. We are also more likely to feel stressed and get ill.
Many of the great brands and successful organisations we work with have implemented mindfulness into their workplace, reporting significant benefits for their businesses and employees. The application of simple techniques can make for a more productive workplace.
We sometimes forget that it’s not just what we eat that makes a difference to our health and energy but also what we drink. You might be one of those with a coffee habit or even a full on caffeine addiction and may well think that this helps improve your energy. However, science shows that regularly drinking too much caffeine can actually have the reverse effect.
How many New Year resolutions have you kept? Maybe you made a pledge with yourself to do more exercise and get fit, eat healthier, drink less alcohol or make changes to your work schedule to improve your work-life balance. The chances are you made some, or even lots of promises to yourself at the beginning of January to make healthy changes in 2016. But maybe you’re finding your new habits challenging to stick to, if so you’re not alone!
There are literally hundreds of habits that benefit your health and energy and hundreds that have a negative impact.
CEOs, Directors and HR of forward thinking organisations now recognise that creating a healthy, energised workforce is no longer a nice to have, but an essential ingredient to drive high performance, engagement and retention as well as keeping staff absence to a minimum.
Since 2004 we have been helping organisations to thrive by coaching their employees to improve their energy and to be the best they can be. During this time we have refined the following ingredients, which we have found are essential for creating change.
The big issue on every company's agenda is staff engagement. Essentially creating a workforce where employees are fully committed to the organisation, where they actually want to get out of bed in the morning and go to work.
Over the past 7 years since the credit crunch and recession, we have witnessed an increase in stress in the workplace. This stress is a growing problem for HR as it increases staff absence and staff turnover, while impacting on engagement and productivity.