5 Ways to Kick-Start Employee Energy

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Embrace Stress (of the Body)

While reducing stress of the mind, remember that stress on the body is actually a good thing. Why? The human body consists of mitochondria, akin to micro-power plants embedded in the muscle tissue. Like power generators, mitochrondria produce energy. And the more mitochondria you have, the more energy you feel.

In fact, lean muscle mass holds up to 10 times more mitochondria than "soft" muscle mass. Therefore, leaders should encourage employees to stress their muscles every day, making them a little leaner, helping the body to grow more mitochondria, and producing more energy. As one idea, consider coordinating an employee discount on nearby gym memberships, or offering financial reimbursement for fitness classes.

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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