5 Ways to Kick-Start Employee Energy

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Encourage Meditation

The emotional part of the brain is powerful — much more so than the rational part. In fact, when it comes to making decisions, the emotional side of the brain wins almost every time. As a result, when people are feeling negative — which depletes their energy — they are significantly less productive.

The good news is that leaders can pave the way for employees to shift from emotionally oriented behaviors to goal-oriented behaviors by encouraging regular meditation. Science shows meditation can strengthen the anterior cingulate between the emotional and rational parts of the brain. As an idea for a team activity, bring in a yoga instructor for an hour every week.

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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