It’s All About Energy

Time and again, we see that the more leaders try to manage engagement, the more disengaged their employees actually become. It’s not that employees don’t want to be engaged — many are committed and loyal soldiers who come in early, stay late and try hard in-between. But in today’s era of exhaustion, they are simply struggling to make it to the weekend. Employees are engaged, but depleted.

As a result, organizations have become hubs where people are unable to think innovatively. Bogged down in the day-to-day minutiae of work, employees don’t have the time or mental capacity to identify or focus on fixing systemic issues. They are simply going through the motions — incapable of future-based, innovative, value-creating thinking.

And so you get an abundance of organizational cultures scrambling to fix problems as they become full-blown issues, fighting “fires” with duct-tape fixes and quick workarounds instead of taking the time to address root causes of problems. It’s the perfect ecosystem for endless employee depletion.

Engagement is nothing without energy

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Brady Wilson is co-founder of Juice Inc., a corporate training company.

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