We have choices about everything. What are you bringing to work today? Are you bringing workplace energy or merely just trying to lay low and get through the day?
Many organization leaders blame the individuals. They believe motivation is intrinsic, you either have it, or you don’t. When it comes to workplace energy, they just leave it up to the employees to decide.
Energy of Culture
It may be true that at some level our motivation is intrinsic and it may also be true that each individual has responsibility for what they’ll bring. Does organization leadership have a bigger role?
Chances are good that leadership does play a role. Leaders drive culture. Culture has a direct impact on the performance, attitudes, and even the environment that employees walk into each day.
What do you do?
Are you bringing more to your workplace? Are you striving hard, working smart, and staying engaged?
Do you seek to create a bigger impact, be responsible and accountable, and help to stimulate a positive climate?
Some people will try to lay low. Stay out of other more assertive workers way, and watch the clock.
Others will insist that their performance and contribution is industrialized and systematic.
They have set the expectation, lubed the wheels and gears, and have made sure things are efficient. As a result, they can merely arrive and monitor. Anything outside of the established parameters and they’ll take action. Otherwise, it is just roll along and collect the paycheck.
It is a decision you make.
Workplace energy is contagious. Low energy and low output is as contagious as the opposite.
High energy contribution takes more guts. Be the role model you know you should be.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.