Energy at work – a different perspective

A research tems surveyed over 200 plus working professionals to assess the workers’ levels of both vitality and fatigue along with strategies that people use to up their energy. What they found wasn’t exactly what you would expect. These techniques were the ones that those with high vitality used:

  • Learn something new
  • Focus on what gives me joy in work
  • Set a new goal
  • Do something that will make a colleague happy
  • Make time to show gratitude to someone I work with
  • Seek feedback
  • Reflect on how I make a difference at work
  • Reflect on the meaning of my work

These techniques are value seeking and value creating activities, looking for what is enjoyable in your job or trying to frame the work in a way that creates value. On the other hand, the list below details the activities that are connected to workers with lower vitality and higher levels of fatigue.

  • Drink a caffeinated beverage
  • Talk to someone about common interests (e.g., sports)
  • Listen to music
  • Surf the web
  • Check and send personal email or text messages
  • Make plans for the evening or weekend
  • Day dream
  • Shop

Which of these lists do you belong to? If you are doing more of the latter, it likely means that you are chronically tired or fatigued. You need to tend to your energy levels. You have options, including getting more sleep, eating better, exercising, all the stuff you already know. But in addition to that, take some tips from the vitality list.

via Beyond the Coffee Crutch: The Secret to Vitality at Work | Psychology Today.