Energy: the manager’s secret weapon

Incorporating positive energy into the workplace

The days are getting lighter, the end of the financial year is in sight, but with the COVID-19 pandemic upon us, the mood in your team may be experiencing a negative shift. What could you do to help? Share some funny jokes? Plan a rousing team talk at the next team meeting? Science shows that while these can provide us with a burst of energy we quickly return to our routine state.

So how can you help to energize others? There’s no one way to energize, no innate skill that is required to be an energizer: you can be quietly passionate, or share jump up and down enthusiasm. But once you’ve found a style that works your positive energy will begin to spread through your organization, in a phenomenon that psychologists refer to as ‘emotional contagion’. This process of mimicry improves both the performance and well-being of those around you and even of those once or twice removed. It can even be utilised during online meetings!

Beyond morale, energy is an important consideration when it comes to a whole host of workplace performance indicators – from innovation to decision-making, collaboration to managing conflict – energized teams continue to outperform their competition.

 

To ensure we’re getting the best out of ourselves and our employees during this uncertain time, sign up to the Mind Gym webinar on March 24th – “Making virtual work: how to show up remotely and earn respect during COVID-19” here.

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