5 Ways to Kick-Start Employee Energy

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Limit Distractions

Are your employees having difficulty juggling between multiple tasks? When our focus is continuously split among a plethora of responsibilities, the impact is intense mental exhaustion. Like any technology, the brain itself has a limited amount of RAM — and will become bogged down if too many applications are open at the same time. In other words, it is unrealistic to expect people to consistently create high-quality work amidst distraction after distraction.

Minimizing distractions can make a positive difference on employee performance. For example, consider holding fewer meetings — or at the very least, only hold pre-scheduled meetings, as ad-hoc invitations have the potential to interrupt employees in the middle of "flow."

No doubt about it: Regardless of the time of year, we remain in a state of exhaustion. Look at some of your most promising employees: Do you remember a time when they were on fire, when they had fantastic ideas, contributed at staff meetings, and regularly went above and beyond the call of duty? And do they now simply appear to be going through the motions?

If you're a business leader scratching your head for ideas, there's good news. In this slideshow, Brady Wilson, author of "Beyond Engagement: A Brain-Based Approach That Blends the Engagement Managers Want with the Energy Employees Need," has identified five simple ways to reinvigorate employees — solutions that not only take up little time, but will energize the brain and body, leading to a higher-performing workforce.


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