How are you feeling right now? Do you regularly feel energetic and able to tackle 8 hours of work without stress? Or is a low energy level dampening your performance at work?
It can sound strange, but almost everyone experiences this. It’s important to know that these energetic states go beyond traditional sources of human energy such as food, water, and sleep. There’s actually another source of energy that can be found when you are surrounded by others, both at and away from your place of employment. This alternative form of energy that comes from the people around us is called “relational energy”.
What is relational energy?
Relational energy is the energy people receive when interacting with others who make them feel happy and energetic. This energy isn’t the same as charisma or personality. Whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert, you can be a source of relational energy as long as you can connect well with those around you. In the event staffing world, event managers and producers that can foster positive emotions with the event staff they’re managing can see a tremendous benefit.
In the end, it’s all about how your team feels when they share meaningful conversations with you. Do you leave them motivated? Or do they struggle to connect with you and thus the event itself?
How does relational energy affect performance at work?
Having a leader who makes a team feel energized after every interaction can be a game changer. Relational energy positively affects your team’s performance in many ways. Here are the effects that relational energy can have on your event staff:
- Increased productivity
- Reduced absenteeism
- Less burnout
- Better ability to manage workplace stress
- Increased employee well-being
- Higher motivation
- Improved attention to tasks
- Willingness to help
- Willing to offer new ideas, information, and opportunities
Relational energy doesn’t only benefit your team. Managers can receive positive energy through reciprocal positive energy, improved work performance, and increased staff respect and admiration.
What can you do to increase relational energy in your workplace?
There are many ways you can increase relational energy. Some recommendations may seem simple, but you’d be surprised to discover how these can effectively boost your team’s performance at work.
Set learning goals
You’re not only the leader of a group, but also a coach. You and your team can learn along side one another by creating coaching partners (including you) who can share life lessons that can help improve a skill needed in work.
Watch or learn something new with the whole team
If you want to share some educational videos, watch it with them. Learning something new to improve everyone’s skills is better if you join them. Manager participation shows that leadership is also a part of the team and that everyone is vested in the outcome.
Create energizing events
Use a break or lunch time to host a small event wherein everyone can exchange positive energy. Discuss recent successes, acknowledge high performers and brainstorm work-related topics for questions and ideas for improvement.
When a staff member seems to have trouble doing a certain task, lending a hand doesn’t only make things easier for them to reach their goals. Working together can also create positive energy and encourage staff to help each other out as well.
Think of everyone as a hard worker
Set aside judgement. Assume the perspective that each team member is doing what he/she can to produce the best results. Look at everyone equally and remember that they all deserve to receive positive energy.[Tweet “Look at everyone equally and remember that they all deserve to receive positive energy.”]
Nothing beats a good listener. Leaders who only give commands and close themselves off when their staffs shares opinions can create poor energy and morale. Pause and listen wholly to what team members say. Be approachable and open.
Ask thoughtful questions
Show attentiveness by asking questions. A simple “How are you doing?” is an easy, thoughtful question that can start a positive and productive conversation.
Acknowledge everyone’s sacrifices
Some staff members may have worked overtime or gone above and beyond. Recognize their effort with simple rewards such as a gift card or coffee before their next shift.
Thank everyone for their effort
At the end of a work day, everyone worked hard to finish an event successfully. Say “Thank you for a job well done!” to the whole team.
Recognizing a staff’s achievement in front of the team delivers a positive feedback to him/her. It also shows the team that you are noticing hard work and appreciate extra effort.
See problems as an opportunity to learn
Let your staff know that it’s okay to ask questions and doing so isn’t a sign of weakness, but a way to learn. Be clear that by taking the time to ask, they are ensuring a successful outcome and you appreciate it![Tweet “Manager participation shows that leadership is also a vested part of the team.”]
Be positive – even when it’s hard
Even when facing unexpected challenges, approaching your team with a frown doesn’t help them gain positive energy. Instead, they might worry or become distracted, making it difficult to focus on their work. Maintain a sense of control and positive energy even in urgent situations.
Engage with your team
Know your event staff better by engaging with them. Greet them with a hello and goodbye. Ask about their families and other things outside work.
Managing a team is a big responsibility. Managers are leaders who are ultimately responsible for the event outcome. It’s important to maintain a tightly-knit team and equip them for success. Your staff’s emotions, motivation, and performance at work can be greatly affected by how you interact with them. You have more power than you think!
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