Why is Energy
Important in the Workplace?
By Shari Bench
Everything is energy. Energy is powerful enough to create
your success or promote your demise. Everything you involve yourself
in is a result of the energy you contribute. How you contribute to
your professional environment is as important as what you
contribute. You may have the experience, knowledge, skill, and a
long history of success; however, if you approach a new project, a
meeting, a new job, an employee, your boss, or a customer with
infected/negative energy, you should also be prepared to take
responsibility for the consequences.
Some experts will claim energy is neither positive nor
negative, rather all energy was neutral and only has the ability to
take on the form in which you give it. This couldn’t be further
from the truth. The reality is you do have the power to choose how
you exert your own energy, but you do not always have the ability to
prevent encountering others’ negative energy. Sometimes it is easy
to see how others affect you, but many times you may not even
realize the effect others are having on you. Creating an awareness
of how situations or people make you feel can help correct or
deflect this negative energy.
As a leader, your energy can determine the success of a
meeting, a workday or even your overall company. If you have an
employee or co-worker who is struggling, have you considered how
much responsibility you have in their performance?
If you have chosen the privilege and responsibility to
supervise others, how are you dealing with your negative employees?
Negativity is contagious. It may seem as if dealing with negative
people is easier to simply ignore them. However, it’s important to
remember that many people are not aware of how negative energy is
affecting them. Therefore, your negative employees may be
consciously or sub-consciously expanding their negativity and
influencing the behavior of others.
Wake up Leaders! Look in the mirror. What are you
contributing to your personal and professional life? How do you
protect those you are responsible for, as well as your overall
company, to ensure they have the positive, working environment they
There are very common questions to help evaluate the energy
you may be contributing. Are you generally a positive or negative
person? Do you have a high or low energy level? How do others
respond to you; relaxed or tense? Do you find yourself being
judgmental of others or open and accepting of diversity and new
ideas? Do you harbor anger rather than letting these feeling go?
Do you feel mostly happy or sad and frustrated? Are you a nice
Awareness is a great advocate for improvement. As leader, you
should care about creating a positive environment. As an employee
concerned with your current work environment, consider you are as
responsible for creating a positive environment as your boss and
your co-workers. Therefore, by simply taking time over the next week
to observe others, you may create a new awareness of the type of
energy that is most common in your department or company.
How a leader deals
with energy can directly determine how well an employee performs.
The majority of employees spend most of their waking day at work.
Most employees want to feel good about their workplace. Identifying
a negative person does not have to result in turnover. The reality
is if you begin with yourself, many others will naturally follow
your lead and contribute toward a positive environment. However, if
you identify a negative employee who is not supporting the
environment you are expecting to create, it is critical to deal with
this behavior. If after giving the employee an opportunity to
improve, they do not respond favorably, as a leader you cannot
ignore this behavior. Allowing this employee to continue
contributing negative energy will quickly infect the energy of other
employees and yourself.
management style and look for ways to create a positive, supportive,
and rewarding process. Reward the positive improvements and mentor
the employees who are not exceeding expectations. Positive
reinforcement can quickly shift energy and build momentum toward
your desired results.
Energize your team:
A typical workday can drain the energy out of your employees. Look
for ways to create energy boosts throughout the day, in meetings,
and throughout projects. This can be as simple as frequent short
breaks, laughter, creating a very open environment where fresh ideas
and creativity is rewarded.
The relationships you align in life reflect who you are. You
are defined by your relationships in your personal life and most
certainly within your professional career. If you find the majority
of your employees are tired or your team is having difficulty with
exceeding expectations and creating momentum, seriously consider
evaluating the energy flowing within your company. Do not wait for
others to create the positive, rewarding, motivating environment
that you have had the power to create all along. A positive
environment is a healthy environment.
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