Spring Clean the Energy Drains!

6 Apr

Screen Shot 2015-04-06 at 11.21.00 AMMost of you probably recall our last ‘Team Revival’ topic – Complainers and Energy Drainers – we actually put out a survey, asking what you all felt your top energy drains were in the office – your top three responses were as follows…

  1. Others’ negativity/ poor attitudes
  2. Technology challenges.
  3. Waiting for others’ to do their job

You can spring clean the Energy Drains you have at work by controlling how you react to them. When you encounter Energy Drains, STOP doing things that aren’t effective like:

Ignoring them. Most frustrations don’t go away or get better on their own. Have you noticed that dodging ‘Negative Nellies’ doesn’t make things better? By ignoring negative behavior, you actually become an enabler.

  • What to do: Acknowledge poor attitudes and/or negative behavior.       Not in an attacking manner, but helpful instead – ‘You seem upset/stressed. What’s next for you? What are you going to do about it?’ Sometimes just that fact that someone noticed is enough to prompt others’ to get control and change their behavior.

Getting exasperated or emotional. Technology Energy Drains are systems and situations. An emotional response won’t fix them. For example, I tend to lose patience when my computer doesn’t work. But my emotional response does nothing to fix the situation – and I end up more drained.

  • What to do: Be proactive when it comes to technology. We tend to put off those types of things until we are in a crisis situation. Often times it can be linked back to the fact that we didn’t take time to properly learn the system, or we have been lacking in maintenance. If you find yourself in a crisis situation, slow down and ask for help.

Criticizing Others. Effective change requires cooperation and influence – not anger or criticism. Have you ever felt like you’re the only one that’s doing what you’re supposed to be doing? It’s an Energy Drain when allow others’ lack of commitment to get under your skin.

  • What to do: The first step is to the best YOU can be.       The only person you can change is the one you see in the mirror. We sometimes use others’ inaction as an excuse to be mediocre.       Before you can ask others’ to pull their weight, you’ve got to be walking the talk. Once you’ve taken inventory of your own efforts and feel you’re up to snuff, you may find that the situation has remedied itself.       It’s amazing how our actions are so much more influential than our words. If you still don’t feel like fellow team members are pulling their weight, blame a system, not a person.


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