As a follow up to my recent series Re-Charging Employee Morale, here’s an approach that helps employees re-energize themselves and their organizations.
“To effectively re-energize their workforces, organizations need to shift their emphasis from getting more out of people to investing more in them, so they are motivated-and able-to bring more of themselves to work everyday. To recharge themselves, individuals need to recognize the costs of energy-depleting behaviors and then take responsibility for changing them, regardless of the circumstances they’re facing.”
The excerpt is from the article: Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time by Tony Schwartz and Catherine McCarthy of The Energy Project, a consulting firm focused on building “sustainable high performance cultures by teaching people to manage their energy rather than their time” — the latter being a finite resource. Their approach helps employees better understand and better manage four energy sources:
- physical – involving nutrition, fitness, and sleep/rest
- emotional – the ability to cultivate positive emotions
- mental – being mindful and maintaining focus, including dealing with multiple distractions
- “human spirit” – a clear sense of purpose and meaning in one’s work and life.
Check out The Energy Project’s blog: Changing the Way the World Works to learn more.
Judging by their client list, The Energy Project has helped many organizations and their employees. If it’s unlikely that your company will find itself on that list, don’t wait … start by exploring how you can better manage your energy.