Efficient Employees = Organizational Energy

September 9, 2016 | Building Efficiency, Eliminating Waste Todd McDonald, ATW Training Solutions, todd@atwtraining.com

It seems like we’re always looking for ways to be more energy efficient with our buildings, homes and vehicles. But, have you ever considered how to become more energy efficient in your organization?

It starts with understanding that the catalyst of what we call “organizational energy” rests with your employees. As you look across your team members, keep in mind that you’ve got different kinds of energy. They include:

Kinetic energy. If you remember from your school days, kinetic energy is energy that is in motion. Moving water and wind are good examples of kinetic energy. Electricity is also kinetic energy because even though you can’t see it happen, electricity involves electrons moving in conductors. Moving energy in your organization are employees that are engaged in moving the organization forward. They are competent in their jobs and passionate about what they do.

Potential energy. Potential energy is measured in the amount of “work” it does. Potential energy is stored energy. Examples of potential energy are oil sitting in a barrel, or water in a lake in the mountains. This energy is referred to as potential energy, because if it were released, it would do a lot of work. Do you have potential energy sitting around in your organization just waiting to be released?

To make the most of your organizational energy, consider the following energy tips:

  • Hire the right people and put them in positions where they can be the absolute best. Success breeds kinetic energy and becomes a conductor for more success in the future. At the same time, negative people breed negative energy if they are the wrong people in the wrong positions.
  • Set clear expectations for employees and provide the tools and resources they need to succeed. Doing this will help you tap into the potential energy sitting in your organization waiting to be unleashed.
  • Fuel energy by providing feedback. Reinforce positive behaviors and redirect those behaviors that need adjusted.

How you utilize your organizational energy can be the difference between good results and great results. Energy is everything. Your thought starts it. Those you influence are propelled by it. Great results come from it.