How to Demonstrate Energy at Work

Nobody wants to walk into a work environment and see people lazing around doing nothing—especially your boss. It's important to demonstrate energy at work because it shows you are serious about your job. Another reason is that you can get more done.

Find ways to give extra effort and increase your productivity over time. As you begin to increase your work output, you can impress your boss and move from a satisfactory evaluation to an above-average evaluation.

Set Daily Priorities

Determine the times of day when showing extra energy at work is most beneficial to the company. For example, the last hour before closing at the bank is a good time to summon more energy and step up the number of customers you serve. Shine when others are tired.

Display an upbeat, energetic attitude to all coworkers, managers and visitors. Be especially aware of your energy levels during video meetings; avoid looking board when you're listening and not talking for long periods and ask questions when appropriate.

Volunteer to help coworkers with projects if you see they are in need of assistance.

Start Each Day Early

Arrive early to work so you can get situated and organized, and won't have to expend extra energy on mundane tasks later in the day. Make sure you are well-rested on days when you have an especially important role to play, including when you must make a presentation, conduct a negotiation, entertain VIPs, go on a business trip or provide training to other workers. This means getting eight hours of deep, restful sleep.

Organize your Days and Weeks

Use lists and digital calendars to remind yourself when you need to step up the pace. If you usually feel sluggish after lunch, make smart food choices during the lunch hour so you'll be able to demonstrate more energy. Avoid heavy meals, and don't drink too much caffeinated coffee in the morning.

Eat a meal with more complex carbohydrates to give your brain the glucose it needs, but add some protein, which releases neurotransmitters that stimulate alertness, suggests Managing Corporate Fatigue. Avoid using energy shots, which are filled with caffeine and which, despite their claims, cause you to crash when they wear off, according to

Take Advantage of Breaks

Use breaks as a time to let your mind wander from the most intense cognitive tasks. If you don't get breaks before or after lunch, schedule routine tasks into your morning and afternoon work blocks so that you get a mental rest at regular intervals. You will find that you have more mental energy later in the day.

Raise your metabolism by going up and down stairs or doing some light calisthenics in your office. Your brain needs a constant supply of both glucose and oxygen to function properly, according to the Lung Health Institute, so short bouts of exercise—even just five minutes—that raise your heart rate will give you more energy.

Challenge Yourself More

When meeting with your boss, ask for improvements or changes to your work situation that will help you understand your job better and become more productive. Ideas include more training, an opportunity to observe expert workers and more challenging assignments.

Take time to help a customer with a question or a coworker who is under a tight deadline. It's easy enough to ignore these kinds of situations, but taking command and helping out is an excellent way to demonstrate energy at work.

Set a challenge with a coworker that requires you both to raise your energy and productivity levels. Like having a workout partner, being able to compare notes with someone else can motivate you.