There is a wave of change
sweeping across American corporations and government. A change in the way we
do business within our walls with our workforce as well as with our external
customers and constituents. It seems that people like doing business with people
who like doing business and mixing fun with effectiveness makes good business
sense in these stressful times. This is particularly true in the public service
arena where many lives are touched by those who serve them and where quality
of life is a basic issue.
Our workforce is like cows;
they produce more when they are contented and cared for. Creating a workplace
that promotes peak performance through playful professionalism also decreases
absenteeism, sickness, turnover, and stress while increasing morale, teamwork,
creativity, and productivity. Just recently I've had the privilege to work with
the Clerks of the Senate and the Internal Auditors as well as several military
installations and military comptrollers on tips to practicing safe stress and
the keys to energizing the worksite. I share some of the most important keys
below in order to help increase your personal energy so that you may share your
energy with colleagues and customers.
F1 - Function - what
is yours? What is your function in life? Studies show that those who have
a purpose and are actively working towards achieving their goals are happier
and wealthier than those who just show up for life each day. Set goals, change
them, and actively work on them.
Ctrl - Control your life
and your immediate environment Take control of your immediate circle of
influence. Realize you have the power to control your state of mind and reactions
to whatever life hands you. You can also control your immediate physical environment
such as your cubicle. Give yourself an energy boost by hanging up photos which
cheer you up or putting a candy dish on your desk, having a nice rug under your
feet, playing soft instrumental music to soothe your nerves.
Space - What does your
space say about you? Can you navigate through your space? Is it pleasant,
comfortable, and workable or does it create stress? Are items easily accessible?
If you are left brained, are things vertical behind closed doors? If you are
right brained, are they horizontal and within view ? Do your desk accessories
accommodate these preferences? What is the color or what type of furniture do
you have and how is it positioned in the room? Do you like to be in this room?
The key here is organize to energize!
Shift - Shift tasks to
increase energy Adults in our infinite wisdom say that children have short
attention spans, but they are just shifting to a task which brings them more
energy when they are getting drained from the task at hand. Shift from left
brain tasks such as budgeting to a right-brain task such as reading your mail
or watering your plants. Your productivity will increase and your mind will
Delete - Delete internal
& external clutter Have you ever known somebody who could just light up
a room..... when they left? Do you have any of these people in your life? Just
delete them! They will sap the life energy right out of you. External clutter
is anything around you that "bugs" you such as dusting, unread newspapers and
catalogs piling up, the lamp you got in the divorce, or the tacky souvenir your
neighbor brought you. Internal clutter is such things as dishonesty, secrets,
emotional stress, miscommunications, or any other "messalanea" which is clogging
up your circuits to think freely and be charged up.
Insert - Energy inserts
and toys for the playful professional Fill your day with energy inserts,
toys, and playful items which speak to you. Studies show that using colored
pens, stickers, and getting creative will cause you to look forward to your
daily planning sessions. Turn your daytimer into an adult version of a coloring
book. Professionalism can be playful - remember to mix fun and effectiveness
and bring your sense of humor to work.