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Re-Energizing the Workplace

Help your employees maintain the energy, morale, and productivity they need to accomplish your organization’s mission.

As workplace expectations increase, it’s often difficult for employees’ energy levels to keep pace. This has many ramifications: it not only affects morale, productivity, and customer relations, it also takes a personal toll. Everyone knows what it’s like to feel worn out, tired, or bored, and some may be on the verge of burnout and defeat. This feeling of being drained (or simply uninspired) is not unique to certain age groups or jobs–it is universal. So how do we re-energize ourselves, our teams, and our organizations to meet growing demands?

The Focus

This course looks at current research and specific behaviors that everyone (including leaders) can practice to build stamina, create enthusiasm, and increase motivation to keep themselves engaged and successful at what they do. It also examines some common energy-drains that tend to sap people, teams, and organizations of their strength.

We offer strategies for minimizing energy drain and maximizing energy boost that can revitalize and sustain optimal performance.

Introduction

The average worker has been in the same job for almost five years (and some have stayed for decades). Even a new person, however, can be de-motivated if they do not understand the mechanics of “renewal.” There are people in every workplace with boundless energy because they have learned how to minimize energy-drains and maximize what might be called energy-boosts. The session begins with a discussion of these different experiences and the dynamics behind a person’s energy level. We present a model showing how internal and external sources can either drain or boost someone’s energy, and participants are asked to do an assessment that allows them to rate their own energy level (as well as that of their organization and other team members). They then begin an analysis of energy drains that they can identify, along with some of the energy boosts that keep them going.

The Dynamics of Renewal

The ups and downs of a person’s energy levels are actually quite predictable–and, fortunately, everyone can learn (and teach to others!) the process for managing this dynamic. It begins by reminding people about what matters to them and why they are working in the first place. Some have lost their directional focus, and energy levels tend to plummet when people forget what they are doing and why they are doing it. We give participants an opportunity to consider “why they do what they do”–how it fits into the larger goal of success for the organization and success for their individual lives.

Workplace Renewal Model

This is our central tool for managing the energy drains and energy boosts. We divide the task of being re-energized into three basic areas: Self, Relationships, and Responsibilities. Click the tabs below to read about each one.

  • The hard work of renewal starts within. We challenge participants to take ownership of finding energy inside themselves by exploring their physical, emotional, and ethical condition. We discuss an analysis of energy drains that come from health, stress, and other personal factors, along with practical suggestions that can create energy boosts in this vital area of renewal. Even leaders who want to increase the energy of their teams have to begin by addressing what is going on inside, getting a fresh perspective and attitude toward the work they do.

    In this module, people learn how to energize themselves.

  • The next area that can drain or boost a person’s energy involves other people–their boss, their co-workers, or the people they serve. This section highlights interpersonal issues, from misunderstandings to rivalries, along with strategies for minimizing the impact of those who are drainers and maximizing exposure to those who are boosters in the workplace.

    In this module, people learn how to stop others from draining their energy–and how to stop draining the energy from others.

  • The final area deals with the daily tasks that can either overwhelm or underwhelm us, because some people lose energy from being overworked while others are plan bored. Participants will discover ways to find their “flow,” address any issues of disappointment with their careers, and be challenged to regain their sense of direction.

    In this module, people learn how to become energized about their jobs again, and how to draw energy from what they do each day in spite of the challenges.

Conclusion

The workshop ends with a discussion of strategies for minimizing energy drains in the three main areas of Self, Relationship, and Responsibilities, along with ideas for creating energy boosts that can sustain and renew their own success.