I am sure you have at some point walked into an office or meeting room where the tension is so high it is almost palpable. It appears that people are not getting along with each other, or are distant acquaintances at best. Everyone looks serious and jaded. A low energy, low-on-positivity workplace is contagious.
Amidst pressing personal and professional needs, new-age distractions, and high-stress city living, it is not hard to see why your employees might get jaded more easily than before. It can be a silent killer for your organization’s productivity, creativity, and positive work environment. Clearly, employee well-being is good for business.
First, one myth that must be shattered is that employees of such organizations don’t love what they do. In my own experience, even jobs one loves can have boring, staid, or extremely stressful days. In fact, every job and form of employment is a combination of crests and troughs, excitement and monotony, successes and failures.
A low-energy workplace could just mean your workforce needs a shot in the arm – a daily motivation of sorts that is of its own making.
There are so many benefits of such an environment. It makes everything exciting – from ordering staid lunches to thrashing out weekly reports. It lightens the mood to the point of employees wanting to come in to work for their daily dose of fun before moving on to the serious issues. It encourages constant innovation, from the smallest projects to the big-ticket wins. It works perfectly towards a collaborative culture. Friends and people who have fun together are known to have each others’ backs and make powerful, high-performance teams.
Contrary to what most organizations believe, creating and sustaining high-energy workplaces needs consistent effort. It is not about the one-off Friday drinks or lunches, offsites, and celebrating big wins. It is about finding the ability to see each other as normal, functioning human beings who need to socialize in fun, happy company. But most importantly, it is not that difficult to achieve if everyone behaves themselves!
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