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Work at Ideal Energy Level to Maximize Productivity

Magazine article HRMagazine

Work at Ideal Energy Level to Maximize Productivity

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A majority of business leaders aren't working at their best energy level, which translates into a loss of productivity, says Theresa Welbourne, a researcher with the Center for Effective Organizations at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business.

Of the 540 business leaders who participated in the April 2014 Leadership Pulse study, 61 percent reported working below what they determined was their optimal energy level, and 21 percent said they were working above their best energy level. Only 18 percent reported working at their most productive energy level.

While working above one's best energy level might seem like a positive situation, it's actually counterproductive. "People can only stay so long at those higher levels, and if they don't recover, they're making mistakes or they get frustrated and they leave the organization," Welbourne says.

When leaders work below their best energy level, they avoid challenges and get bored, she says.

The study participants were asked to rate their energy level at work that day and the level at which they are at their best. …

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