Organisations in the UK are demanding ever-higher performance from their workforces. People try to comply, but the usual method of putting in longer hours has backfired, leaving employees exhausted, disengaged and prone to sickness. Employers risk losing staff to “healthier” environments. Longer days at the office do not work; time is a limited resource. The good news according to our new research, is that unlike time, personal energy is renewable.
With this research, our Director of Talent Management, Dr. Andrew Hill set out to explore the link between energy and how it affects productivity. We found a clear correlation between the two: higher energy levels lead to greater productivity. Our research also reveals that there are simple things people can do to improve their energy levels, and in turn, boost their productivity.
The three different types of energy that affect productivity are: physical (eg getting enough sleep), emotional (eg feeling appreciated) and mental (eg email overload). By fostering new and simple practices, organisations can build workers’ physical, emotional and mental resilience. To maximise performance organisations need to help staff find ways of increasing all three types of energy.
With many elements of energy linked to lifestyle and how people manage their time at home and at work, this research shows that if organisations can encourage staff to tackle these, they will surely reap benefits both in productivity and in commitment.
By Jo Faragher, Content Editor, Personnel Today
In the current economic climate it might not be feasible for companies to energise their staff with team-building days or nights out, so it’s refreshing our research reveals that motivation needn’t cost anything.
Now more than ever it’s important for managers to recognise staff for the contribution they make to their organisation above and beyond the ‘hygiene’ factors of job title and salary. The research also suggests that organisations need to educate staff on how they can better manage interruptions to their core tasks such as email or phone calls, as these are as harmful to productivity as feeling unappreciated.