Are your best hires—that is, the most talented, knowledgeable and experienced of your employees—not applying enough effort to their work?
Here’s a little secret: their behaviour is likely not about lack of effort. There’s something else in the way.
And it’s called interference.
The biggest forms of employee interference at work are psychological, including but not limited to:
The amount of human energy depleted by interference is difficult to calculate, but one thing is certain: it’s not small.
Ultimately, interference leads people to work below capacity.
It doesn’t matter how amazing your employee usually is: when interference hits, they cannot do what they normally can do, or be what they normally can be. In this state, he or she is unable to access their knowledge, experience, skills or strengths.
Remove interference, release energy
But by meeting the needs of employees, leaders can remove interference and bring people back to their ability to operate at capacity—equal to the task, function at their actual ability to perform, and able to access all of their knowledge, experience, skills and strengths.
That said, there’s no need to stop “at capacity.”
There are also methods to motivate your team members to operate beyond capacity: at a level beyond what they ever believed was possible—tapping into their unrealized, latent, inherent abilities. This state is practically magical!
There is a name for the place just beyond what an employee believes he or she can achieve: the state of flow.
At Juice, we help managers and leaders partner with employees to co-create the conditions of flow. Such an environment is:
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