Let’s face it, in the workplace, Energy and Environment are closely linked. Many leaders try to force people to be motivated. The goal should not be to motivate others, but to create an environment in which people can plug in and find their own motivation. If the environment drains the energy from the people in it, then engagement, productivity, cohesion, resilience and motivation will decrease as well. Keep in mind that this is not just the job of the leader. Keeping an energetic and inspiring environment needs be consistent throughout the organization to be most effective.
In order to be successful internally, organizations need to create shared experiences so that the positive energy is felt throughout the organization, not just within one department or among one team. Everyone has to do the work! Everyone is accountable for creating culture. Yes, the tone is set from the top; however, there are far more people beyond the executive ranks that create the day to day feeling, impact the team environment, set the mood in meetings, generate the spirit of appreciation, determine the activity related to engagement, etc.
Consider the following questions when designing your ideal environment.
- What outcome do you want for your overall environment?
- What strategies can you implement to create the appropriate energy?
- How do you set an expectation and create a productive and cohesive culture?
- How do you provide resources, coaching, tools, etc. to foster the skill and desire to do the best work?
- How do you measure success?