As future leaders, let’s be mindful of the Human Energy Crisis

“We’re faced with a Human Energy Crisis.

As with climate change, warning signs abound. Just as we’ve seen melting ice caps, rising sea levels, and wildly swinging temperatures, on the human level we’ve seen languishingdepleted surge capacity and a global mental health crisis. According to Gallup, seven in 10 people globally report they are struggling or suffering.

As a leader—especially in HR—I think about what leaders and managers can uniquely influence, and that’s the employee experience.”

Kathleen Hogan, Chief People Officer at Microsoft, masterfully shed light here on an issue that leaders – and future leaders – should be mindful to address: the Human Energy Crisis.

According to Kathleen, employee happiness, inspiration, retention, and ultimately, innovation – are at stake nowadays, and she proposes six key areas that can be developed to add fuel to employees’ energy reserves.

#1: Putting culture and purpose front and center

#2: Making wellbeing holistic

#3: Supporting career growth in meaningful ways

#4: Focusing on leader and manager capabilities

#5: Building supportive team connections

#6: Being intentional in offering flexibility where possible

It is easy to focus and get caught up on the technical and financial aspects of running a business. However, let’s always keep in mind that the success of a business depends on the success of its people.

By Fernanda Carvalho
Fernanda Carvalho