Employee Engagement Reduces Energy Consumption
This article reveals the results of an energy reduction programme at Nando’s that relied on employee engagement as a primary driver. I applaud energy conservation generally and, that they did it via their frontline people, is better news again.
But it also reminded me of energy and engagement in a different way.
Increases in brain activity, such as those caused by an unengaging workplace, spike the body’s consumption of glucose for energy. Despite being not that big, our brain, even without promises of marshmallows or algebra, consumes 25 per cent of our body’s energy. That’s why we have so many systems and heuristics to take the easy road. So while your brain is trying to not want a marshmallow, it could really use the calories. That’s not ironic reversal, that’s just ironic.
My own doctor told me that a 1.5kg brain consumes as much energy as 30kg of muscle. This was after he asked me what I did for work and I said, “Writing”. I suspect he was trying to make me feel better about not actually doing ‘real work’…
consumptionMerriam-Webster: consumption definition: a progressive wasting away of the body especially from pulmonary tuberculosis. →
Posted on December 17, 2012, in Employee Engagement, The Brain-Based Boss and tagged Brain Based Boss, electricity, employee engagement, energy, energy conservation. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.