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Employee Performance Management: Tips for Energizing the Workforce

  • Keeping employees engaged and energized at work can result in increased productivity

  • Consider introducing coffee bars, walking meetings and standing (or treadmill) desks to keep energy levels high

  • Promote wellness programs and incentivize employees for meeting health and wellness goals

Posted by May 29, 2018

Efficient employee performance management isn’t solely about ensuring that everyone is hitting their KPIs—it also includes keeping team members engaged and energized, which can help maximize individual performance and job satisfaction.

Thankfully, there are several things that can keep energy levels soaring in the workplace. If you’re looking for ways to keep everyone’s spirits (and productivity levels) high, the following tips can help get you started.

Offer a Coffee Bar

It’s no secret that coffee (and tea) provide a number of health benefits and are effective at boosting energy levels. While many employees may bring their own coffee to work in the morning, having an on-site coffee bar available means people don’t have to leave campus to get a quick pick-me-up.

Of course, providing other energy-boosting drinks at the coffee bar, such as green tea, is a plus for non-coffee drinkers who may be looking for a refreshing jolt of energy. If the costs are manageable, the beverage bar can be offered as a free benefit; employees will appreciate the money-saving perk and the company could see a related uptick in output.

Implement Walking Meetings

What better way for coworkers to stay alert and engaged than by participating in walking meetings? Although this might sound like a unique concept, walking has been proven to increase blood flow—and may be even more energizing than 50 milligrams of caffeine—according to a 2017 study published in the journal Physiology & Behavior.

Researchers who conducted the study found that 10 minutes of low-to-moderate exercise was more energizing than a low dose of caffeine for active adults with a history of insufficient sleep. So, instead of sitting around a desk for company meetings, consider taking things outside (weather-permitting, of course) and enjoy a stroll with coworkers!

Provide Standing or Treadmill Desks

Believe it or not, offering employees the option to use a standing or treadmill desk provides a variety of health and wellness benefits, including increased job productivity. A study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health found that time spent sitting promotes negative health outcomes, and subjects exhibited greater task engagement (alertness, enthusiasm and interest) when using standing desks. Additionally, a report published in BMC Public Health noted that standing desks at work helped decrease employee cholesterol levels and heart disease risks.

Treadmill desks appear to offer additional health and wellness benefits. A study in Preventive Medicine found that, compared with standing desks, treadmill desks are associated with the most improvements in body fat, HDL cholesterol and blood glucose levels.

Promote a Wellness Program

While you can’t force employees to take care of themselves physically and mentally, offering company wellness programs can help encourage them! In fact, one recent study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine found that a web-based wellness program helped employees reduce blood pressure, fatigue, emotional stress and poor sleep quality. In turn, this resulted in workers reporting improved moods, energy levels and productivity. Consider adding incentives (such as bonuses, in-office massages, work-from-home days or early release days) for employees who meet corporate wellness goals or win company-wide wellness competitions.

Implementing a few of these simple strategies in the workplace means giving employees the best chance at staying energized at work. Doing so could mean better employee performance management, heightened productivity and increased job satisfaction.

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