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.

About Terry Williams - The Brain-Based Boss

I'm all about engaging people and helping you engage yours to influence behaviour to improve results - at work and at home. Maybe you're a manager, a salesperson, a leader, a parent, a presenter or an event organiser? You need to grab your people's attention, create some rapport, be memorable and influence behaviour change. How can we do that? I'm originally a trainer by trade, turned manager, turned comedian and partway back again. Author of 'THE GUIDE: How to kiss, get a job & other stuff you need to know', I write and speak about how to engage people, be they employees, family or yourself. How can we connect with people’s own internal motivations and help them use their own inner passions to drive towards productivity, success and happiness? And hopefully have a few laughs along the way... As a trainer facilitating learning and development in others, I find myself drawing on my own extensive business experience. I specialise in the delivery of high impact, customised training solutions for organisations that are serious about improving the performance and lives of their people.

Posted on December 17, 2012, in Employee Engagement, The Brain-Based Boss and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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