Energy reserves or energy deficit? Your decision.

I was lucky enough to be interviewed by @Officeworks WorkWise recently on the topic of wellbeing and work for small business owners.  I came at it from the perspective of a small business owner, but also one who works with small businesses in the area of people and performance (a critical component of which is all about wellbeing).  For all of us, wellbeing either enables business growth and success, or (if not managed), holds us back.  I think of wellbeing through a lens of energy measurement and management (or acute maintenance at times). 

Our ability to work well and be well is enhanced or limited by what energy we have available to us.  Energy is available through many avenues and we each have our own energy needs – food, oxygen, good conversation, work that adds value, quiet contemplation … but when it comes to the workplace, not enough time is spent considering how we manage the energy of our employees, and as leaders, how we manage our own. 

It is our energy and the energy of our employees that fuels our business, so the more time we spend measuring and managing energy levels (ours and our employees), the better able we are to manage our organisational output.  Amazingly, energy is one of the simplest things to enhance – but it requires action, rather than inaction or avoidance.  And, importantly, we all need to have energy reserves left at the end of the day, rather than going home completely depleted… otherwise at some point the energy does burnout.

It’s also important to remember that wellbeing is very much a journey not a destination, and every day is different.  Some days I am great at managing my energy reserves and building them up, some days I know I am running on empty.  The key is to identify (measure) energy levels, and then take action (manage) energy levels, to see an improvement in that moment, and a trend in the right direction over time. 

What are you doing today to enhance rather than deplete your energy?  What are you doing today to enhance rather than deplete the energy of those around you, and those you lead?

See the interview here: