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The Role of Energy in Building Workplace Culture

As remote work grows and teams of various generations and cultures increasingly work together, harnessing the positive energy that the combination brings is a must.

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Jan 17, 2024
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Last updated on Jun 12, 2023

The business world is evolving at lightning speed, and it's affecting everything from your workforce to your workspace. As remote work grows and teams of various generations and cultures increasingly work together, harnessing the positive energy that the combination brings is a must. Achieving this requires thoughtful consideration and proactive measures to ensure that the full potential of such energy is utilized.

In this post, we will take a deep dive into how energy influences organizational dynamics, show you how it sparks innovation, keeps things interesting, and drives successful collaboration.

"Positive energy is unleashed when leaders give themselves permission to connect and create." - Henna Inam

Harnessing positive energy may not always be easy. However, with practical strategies that leaders and individuals can utilize, it can be done. So let's explore this important topic together and discover why a focus on building positive energy might just be the secret weapon for your team's success!

The Transformative Role of Energy in Organizations

Energy serves as the lifeblood of an organization, influencing its overall climate and success. Positive energy is contagious, fueling enthusiasm, motivation, and a growth mindset among employees. It fosters engagement, sparks innovation, and propels organizations towards their goals. On the other hand, negative energy can be detrimental, stifling creativity, demotivating individuals, and hindering progress. Recognizing the transformative role of energy empowers organizations to cultivate a vibrant work environment that drives success.

According to a study conducted by Gallup, highly engaged teams show 21% greater profitability compared to disengaged teams. Positive energy plays a significant role in fostering engagement within organizations.

Positive energy has the ability to elevate employees and their approach to work. They become more likely to approach each task with excitement, proactivity and an eagerness to tackle new challenges - ultimately fueling engagement, improving performance and raising job satisfaction levels overall. Positive energy also has a ripple effect, impacting the collective energy of teams and the entire organization. When positive energy becomes ingrained in the organizational culture, it fosters collaboration, creativity, and a sense of shared purpose.

Fostering Energy in Hybrid Work Environments

The dynamic nature of the modern workforce poses unique challenges in maintaining positive energy. Remote and hybrid work models have revolutionized the traditional workplace, offering flexibility and autonomy but also introducing barriers to communication and collaboration. Bridging these gaps and ensuring a cohesive work environment is crucial to sustaining positive energy, it requires leaders to reimagine the traditional work structure and create an inclusive culture that transcends physical boundaries. By leveraging technology, promoting flexibility, and emphasizing connection and collaboration, organizations can foster a sense of unity and maintain high levels of energy.

Additionally, in hybrid work environments, leaders can leverage trust-building and support mechanisms to ensure that all team members feel valued and engaged, regardless of their location. Transparent communication becomes even more critical, as employees may feel disconnected or unaware of important information. Leaders should encourage open dialogue, actively seek input and feedback, and create opportunities for social interaction and relationship building.

Action Steps:

  • Establish guidelines for flexible work arrangements, allowing employees to adapt their schedules to their energy levels and personal needs.
  • Invest in technological infrastructure and tools that enable seamless virtual collaboration and communication.
  • Provide resources and training to support employees in navigating remote work challenges and optimizing their productivity and well-being.

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) reported that 94% of employees believe positive work relationships improve their work quality and satisfaction. Positive energy cultivates strong work relationships, leading to improved overall job performance.

Embracing an Energy Mindset

Developing an energy mindset is necessary for people and leaders aiming to harness and maintain positive energy. This means acknowledging the impact of energy on performance, adopting a growth mindset, and creating a safe culture that allows people to bring their authentic selves to work.

For instance, rather than a fixed mindset, where people believe that their talents and abilities are predetermined, a growth mindset views oneself as capable of developing new skills and intelligence. This perspective helps to cultivate a learning-oriented approach that amplifies energy levels, ultimately leading to an improved disposition for innovation and productivity in the workplace. "Embracing a growth mindset”, as renowned psychologist Carol Dweck advocates, “not only cultivates individuals' belief in their ability to develop and improve but also infuses an organization with a vibrant energy, propelling it towards innovation, resilience, and continuous progress."

Effective leaders play a critical role in shaping their organization's energy mindset. They do so by embodying the virtues of enthusiasm, resilience, and positivity through their interactions and decision-making. It's this energy that resonates with their team, inspiring them to follow suit.

An energy mindset, therefore, isn't just about motivation; it's a philosophy that underpins their every action. It's a belief that with the right attitude, anything is achievable. By fostering an environment that is positive and conducive to productivity, an effective leader sets their team up for success and cultivates a culture of excellence.

Strategies for Cultivating Positive Energy

1. Purposeful Leadership:

Positive energy is the driving force behind purposeful leadership, transforming employees into inspired and dedicated workers. Leaders have the power to set the tone of the organization, shaping its atmosphere through authenticity, empathy, and a clear sense of direction. Successful leaders continuously communicate a vision and shared goals aligned with individual aspirations, all while empowering employees through regular feedback and recognition. Such leaders foster trust and foster collaboration by promoting transparency, active listening, and open dialogue, creating an environment where employees feel valued and engaged. Purposeful leadership creates a harmonious workplace that encourages individuals to shift their mindset from completing tasks to making a real impact.

Action Step:

  • Empower individuals and teams with a culture of trust and collaboration through transparent communication, feedback, recognition, and shared goals.

2. Engaging Communication:

Strong leadership involves utilizing engaging communication to build positive energy and promote collaboration within an organization. By establishing clear communication channels, encouraging active listening and empathy, and leveraging technology, a leader can help foster a safe and inclusive work environment that inspires diverse perspectives and innovative solutions. The benefits of effective communication reach far beyond the individual or team level, creating a cohesive and motivated workforce that supports the overall success of the organization.

Action Step:

  • Foster effective communication within the organization through clear protocols, empathic listening, and technology-driven platforms.

3. Nurturing Well-being:

Prioritizing employee well-being is vital for sustaining positive energy. Organizations can support this by promoting work-life balance, providing resources for physical and mental health, and encouraging self-care practices. Action steps can include offering wellness programs like mindfulness sessions, fitness challenges, or mental health resources, encouraging breaks and time off to recharge, and providing flexibility in work schedules and arrangements to accommodate individual needs and energy levels.

Action Step:

  • Prioritize employee wellness by offering programs, breaks, and schedule flexibility for optimal work-life balance.

4. Building a Culture of Collaboration:

Building a culture of collaboration is key to foster energy and innovation within organizations. A collaborative culture implies encouraging teamwork, cross-functional interactions and knowledge-sharing, and tapping into the collective intelligence of teams. Leaders can establish cross-functional teams and projects to foster collaboration, providing individuals from various backgrounds the chance to collaborate effectively and learn from one another. Fostering an atmosphere of mutual support that encourages members to ask for assistance when needed empowers members to adopt collaborative attitudes which have an immediate positive effect on team productivity. Nurturing this culture requires management to recognize and celebrate collaborative successes, regardless of individual contributions. In summary, promoting a collaborative environment is essential to create a thriving organization that fosters innovation and an inclusive culture.

Action Step:

  • Encourage collaboration and teamwork through cross-functional projects, mutual support, and recognition and reward of successful outcomes.

 "Positive energy is the driving force behind creativity, passion, and enthusiasm." - Zig Ziglar

Organizational Energy Assessment

Not sure if your organization needs an energy boost? Consider utilizing the assessment below (you can build it as an electronic survey form). The results can serve as a tool for conversation across your entire organization, individual departments, and/or teams to get a reading on your organization's energy temperature. 

Rate each question on a scale of 1 "strongly disagree" to 5 "strongly agree."

Organizational Energy Levels


1. How would you describe the overall energy and enthusiasm among employees in your organization?

1        2        3       4         5

2. Do employees express a sense of excitement and engagement in their work?

1        2        3       4         5

3. Are communication channels open and transparent, fostering collaboration and idea-sharing?

1        2        3       4         5

4. Is there a culture of recognition and celebration for achievements and contributions?

1        2        3       4         5

5. Are employees encouraged to take ownership of their energy and well-being?

1        2        3       4         5

6. How effectively is remote and hybrid work being managed, ensuring equal opportunities for all team members?

1        2        3       4         5

7. Do employees feel valued, supported, and connected regardless of their location or work arrangement?

1        2        3       4         5

8. Are leaders actively promoting a growth mindset and modeling positive energy?

1        2        3       4         5

9. Is there a culture of psychological safety, where individuals feel comfortable expressing their ideas and concerns?

1        2        3       4         5

10. Are well-being initiatives and resources readily available to support employee energy and wellness?

1        2        3       4         5

11. Is there a strong sense of collaboration and teamwork within the organization?

1        2        3       4         5

12. Do employees feel empowered to seek and provide assistance to their colleagues?

1        2        3       4         5

13. Are collaborative efforts recognized and celebrated?

1        2        3       4         5

14. How effectively is the organization leveraging technology for seamless communication and collaboration?

1        2        3       4         5

15. Are leaders actively promoting a positive and energizing work environment?

1        2        3       4         5

Evaluating the Results

To evaluate the results of an evaluation, use these steps: :

  • Calculate an average score per question by dividing total scores by respondents' number - this will give an indication of whether respondents strongly agreed or disagree with statements in each question.
  • Determine the questions with the highest and lowest average scores; these will show your organization's energy level strengths and weaknesses.
  • Compare average scores across various groups or segments of respondents, such as departments, teams, roles, locations etc. This will enable you to identify any discrepancies or gaps in energy levels within your organization.
  • Analyze patterns and trends in the results, such as how scores vary over time or across projects or initiatives or in response to external influences; this will enable you to better comprehend what affects the energy level in your organization.

Transforming Results into Actionable Steps

To provide action items based on the overall score results, you can use the following steps:

  • Based on your scoring system, determine whether your organization has a high, moderate, or low level of positive energy.
  • For each level of positive energy, provide some general suggestions and recommendations for improving or sustaining energy levels within your organization.
  • If your organization has a high level of positive energy (60-75), you can:
  • Celebrate and acknowledge your achievements and successes as an organization and as individuals.
  • Maintain and reinforce your positive and energizing work culture and practices.
  • Share your best practices and learnings with other organizations or stakeholders.
  • Seek new opportunities and challenges to grow and innovate as an organization.
  • If your organization has a moderate level of positive energy (45-59), you can:
  • Identify and address the areas where your energy level is low or inconsistent.
  • Involve and engage your employees in finding solutions and implementing changes.
  • Provide feedback and recognition to your employees for their efforts and contributions.
  • Seek external support or resources to enhance your energy level if needed.
  • If your organization has a low level of positive energy (below 45), you can:
  • Assess and prioritize the issues or barriers that are affecting your energy level as an organization.
  • Communicate and collaborate with your employees to understand their needs and expectations.
  • Implement urgent and effective actions to boost your energy level as soon as possible.
  • Monitor and evaluate the impact and outcomes of your actions regularly.

Conclusion: Energize your Organization for Sustained Success!

In today's dynamic business world, energizing modern organizations is crucial to creating a thriving and productive work environment. By recognizing the transformative role of energy, successful organizations are able to navigate changes in the workforce and workplace, foster energy even when working from home, embrace an energy-focused mindset, and effectively implement strategies for cultivating positive energy.

Leaders need to foster an environment in which positive energy thrives for employees to realize their full potential, which can be achieved by providing inspiring, purposeful leadership; engaging in regular communication; prioritizing well-being support and creating an atmosphere of collaboration; conducting an energy assessment can assess current energy levels as well as identify areas needing improvement, thus setting benchmarks for the future.

Energized employees are more likely to contribute innovation and foster a culture of high performance, creating the conditions necessary for sustained success. By helping employees tap their positive energy in the workplace, employees can unlock greater creativity, better teamwork, and overall increased productivity - creating conditions necessary for sustained success in organizations that prioritize energy management.

"Positive energy is the fuel for extraordinary results." - Jon Gordon

Want to continue the conversation or learn more about how Culture Markers can support your organization? Reach out here.

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