human beings are not computers

We’re not meant to run at high speeds, continuously, for long periods of time. Science tells us we’re at our best when we move rhythmically between spending and renewing energy — a reality that companies must embrace to fuel sustainable engagement and high performance.

Man

59%

of workers are physically depleted, emotionally drained, mentally distracted, and lacking in meaning & purpose.*

What is your Quality of Life at Work?
HBR.org & The Energy Project (=19,900+)

The Solution

We're at our best when we move between expending energy and intermittently renewing our four core energy needs: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. When you're intent on supplying fuel in each dimension of energy, you're creating happier people that will affect your organization’s success.

  • Diamond-green
    1
    physical
    health

    The foundation of all other dimensions of energy, physical energy is comprised of sleep, fitness, nutrition, and intermittent daytime rest and renewal.

  • Diamond-yellow
    2
    emotional
    happiness

    Emotional energy is about learning to cultivate the specific emotions associated with high performance, because how people feel profoundly influences how they perform.

  • Diamond-blue
    3
    mental
    focus

    Mental energy is about learning to focus in an absorbed way and switching intentionally between tactical and big-picture thinking.

  • Diamond-purple
    4
    spiritual
    purpose

    Spiritual energy is the energy derived from serving something larger than oneself.

how meeting all four core needs affects employees

number of needs met compared to none

1
2
3
4
+59%
+89%
+106%
+126%
increases
positive energy
at work
Positive energy at work more than doubles when employees have at least three core needs met.
+100%
+148%
+169%
+199%
builds
employee
loyalty
Employees' retention doubles when just one core meet is met.
+42%
+56%
+66%
+77%
increases life
satisfaction
Employees' life satisfaction steadily increases as more core needs are met.
source: November 2013 — June 2014, What is Your Quality of Life At Work? HBR.org & The Energy Project (n=19,900+)
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