We talk a lot about wanting employees to be engaged. We want them to understand the big picture and how they contribute to it. We want them to own the company’s mission and work hard to realize it. After all, engaged employees are productive employees.
What we don’t often hear mentioned is the prerequisite for engagement – energy. It’s hard for employees to be engaged if the right energy isn’t there.
The prevalent energy in a culture will influence how engaged employees are with their work and each other.
Negative energy pushes us apart – it doesn’t feel good and it isn’t motivating. It keeps us closed-off, fearful and discontent. It forces us to focus on problems instead of solutions and to shy away from opportunities for growth.
Positive energy does the exact opposite – it feels good and is motivating. It primes us to do well by keeping us happy, open and willing. It pulls us together and drives us to do what is best for our team and company.
Positive energy opens the doors for engagement whereas negative energy suffocates it.
A Team Human Conversation
Fight workplace zombies in your organization and join Team Human! Gather a group of fellow workplace zombie hunters to discuss our most recent blog post. Use the questions below to kick start your conversation.
- How are your attitude and actions different in a positive environment versus a negative environment?
- What type of energy does your company/team currently work with?
- What can you do as individuals to create/maintain a culture of positive energy?