You’ve heard about burn out? And are probably experiencing it? Then read on….As the demands of the workplace keep rising, many employees respond by putting in even longer hours, which inevitably leads to burnout that costs both the organization and the employee. Meanwhile, people take for granted what fuels their capacity to work-their energy. Increasing that capacity is the best way to get more done faster and better.
Habit 7 of Stephen R. Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People®, advocates to “Sharpen the Saw’. He says: “Balance and renew your resources, energy, and health for living an effective lifestyle. It primarily emphasizes exercise for physical renewal, prayer (meditation, yoga, etc.) and good reading for mental renewal. It also mentions service to society for spiritual renewal.”
Time is a finite resource, but energy is different. It has four wellsprings–the body, emotions, mind and spirit–and in each, it can be systematically expanded and renewed. For instance, harnessing the body’s rhythms by taking intermittent breaks restores physical energy. Rejecting the role of a victim and instead viewing events through three hopeful lenses defuses energy-draining negative emotions. Avoiding the constant distractions that technology has introduced increases mental energy. And participating in activities that give you a sense of meaning and purpose boosts the energy of the spirit. The new workday rituals succeed only if leaders support their adoption, but when that happens, the results can be powerful.
A group of employees who went through an energy management program outperformed a control group on important financial metrics as evidenced by multinational companies like Ernst & Young, Sony and Deutsche Bank. When organizations invest in all dimensions of their employees’ lives, individuals respond by bringing all their energy wholeheartedly to work– and both companies and their people grow in value.
How to successfully manage time and energy can be assimilated from several Distance Learning Programs that cover management issues. These programs also offer value added workshops on Yoga, Business Simulation Games, Movie Learning Sessions and yes, a Himalayan trip on the lines of ‘Wharton’s Leadership and Change Management’, that help discover the “Leader Within.”
Check out the Distance Learning PGDM to incorporate these Management thoughts and ‘sharpen the saw’ while building a better career, and a more productive workplace.