10 Ways we Manage our Energy at Labiotech

Working at Labiotech is intense. We always have too much to do and not enough resources to take care of it. The big danger in such an environment is to go over your limit and to burn out. Here are 10 ways we manage our energy to prevent it.

#1: Love your job and the mission of your company

  • The meaning of your job is very important and will give you energy
  • Too many people work too much for things they don’t care about
  • If you don’t love your job, it could be worth taking time to think about what you’re passionate about and look for it
  • Part of our hiring process:  is focused on evaluating the passion of the employees for our mission and the job position

#2: Work fewer hours

  • Working too much doesn’t produce more output and makes you recover less
  • Data shows that 55 hours is the maximum amount of productive work you can do in a week
  • Working less than 55 hours when possible is even better
  • We encourage every employee to not work over 40 hours—you can read more about it here

#3: Sleep well at night and take naps

  • Sleep is your body’s main recovery mechanism
  • Bad sleep hygiene is one of the main factors leading to burnout
  • Every adult needs between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night
  • We train our team on sleep and help them form healthy sleep habits
  • We have a nap room for everyone to use in our office 
  • We generally don’t do meetings in the morning before 10:00 a.m.
  • We invite every employee (and pay for it) to read The Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington

#4: Exercise several times a week

  • Exercise is one of the best ways to relieve stress and the adrenaline connected to it
  • Exercise is impacting everything from energy level to disease resistance, appetite, sleep, and much more
  • Spending time at the gym is a good return on investment and is possible if it’s made a priority
  • We train our team on exercising and encourage everyone to do enough
  • We have a shower at the office to allow anyone to go for a run during their lunch break or to come to work by running
  • Part of the team will run the half marathon in Berlin

#5: Don’t go too crazy on the weekends

  • Partying and going crazy on weekends seems like a great way to disconnect, and it is, but it needs to be done in moderation or it can have the opposite effect and making you even more tired
  • We encourage everyone to have as much as fun on weekends as they’d like, as long as it doesn’t impact their work—so no one should arrive at work hungover on Monday morning
  • This tip is especially valid for more junior employees
  • Basically, we expect everyone to be responsible and to be trustful

#6: Don’t work on weekends

  • Similar to tip #2, but related to disconnecting
  • Your brain needs to shut down in order to recover properly
  • The best way to achieve that is to not work from Friday night until Monday morning
  • By “not work,” I mean not checking your inbox on Saturday or finishing that small task you weren’t able to do by Friday
  • We are pretty straightforward about this: no one should work on weekends, from intern to CEO

#7: Take proper holidays

  • Connected to tip #6, your brain needs longer periods of rest to recover deeply
  • The longer the holidays in a row, the deeper the benefits
  • If you spend your holidays only sleeping, it probably means you have a bigger problem
  • We encourage everyone to take longer holidays, usually up to 3 weeks in a row, somewhere very far away without internet
  • If there is internet, then we don’t expect anyone to work, even checking Slack or your inbox—holidays are holidays

#8: Don’t travel too much

  • Traveling is exciting and feels good, but it also significantly impacts your energy levels
  • I’m always amazed to see executives bragging about being on planes all the time but falling asleep in meetings
  • We have many ways in 2019 to cope with commitments that might require travel: say no to that small public speaking engagement, make a video call instead of a physical meeting, etc.
  • We encourage everyone to travel no more than 3 times a month, and even better, no more than 2

#9: Reduce your coffee consumption

  • Coffee is a shortcut to boost your energy
  • What coffee really does is liberate energy that will not be available later, and it significantly lowers your sleep quality (and thus your recovery)
  • The less energy you have, the more coffee you will drink, and the more tired you will feel
  • It’s a vicious cycle that has dramatic long-term consequences
  • We encourage everyone to not drink too much caffeine and not too late in the afternoon

#10: Meditate at least a few minutes every day

  • Meditation is a powerful tool to clear your mind and forget about all that useless stuff you need to deal with
  • Just take a few minutes per day to breath deeply, relax, and focus on what’s important right now
  • We had a training this month on stress management, and meditation was a big part of it
  • We encourage every employee to try out meditation and experience the benefits themselves

Energy management is one of the key for every team member to be productive and for us as a company to be successful. I hope these 10 tips were helpful and I would love to hear what you think. Also, feel free to send this to colleagues who might benefit from it 😉

P.S. If you like our approach to energy management, feel free to apply, we’re always looking for great talents!

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