It is probably fair to say that most, if not all, organisations would aspire to creating an environment in which employees felt energised. But what are the factors that contribute to this?
The Mercer Global Talent Trends 2017 provides some very interesting data on the subject. The study gathered input from more than 400 senior executives, over 1,700 HR professionals, and 5,400 employees from 20 industries and 37 countries around the world.
The research asked people to score themselves on a scale of 1 to 10 for how energised they felt at work. They were also asked to rate how they saw a number of aspects of their workplace. People who scored themselves 7 and above viewed their work environment quite differently from those who reported lower levels of energy.
The top ten differences are shown in the chart below.
Overall the research identified that 83% of those who see themselves as energised feel that they can bring their authentic selves to work, and that they can be themselves in their jobs – compared to an overall global result of 68%.
This research raises some challenging questions:
- How does your culture stack up against these characteristics?
- How energised are people in your organisation?
- What are you doing to help people to feel energised in your work environment?
- If you were to pick just one of these areas, what is one thing that you could do today that would have a positive impact on it?
There is clearly a strong link between the work environment, energy and performance. Developing and maintaining a culture that allows people to be at their best is an ongoing process, requiring deliberate, considered action from leaders at all levels.
Contact Andy or Pete to start a conversation about how we can help you to develop your performance culture.