People Acuity Newsletter – December 2021

The One Gift You Need to Give Yourself

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to recognize that your car needs gas to keep going.  Your waffle iron won’t work if you don’t plug it in, and your cell phone needs to recharge every day. Why is it, then, that you push yourself to the nth degree, demanding more and more performance while giving yourself less and less time to recharge?

If you’re like most people, you pound as many things into your waking hours as possible – and then feel guilty when you don’t get it all done.  Sadly, when tomorrow comes you’ll likely reset the scorecard to zero and do it all over again, wondering why you feel so tired, stressed, and burned out all the time.

Here’s a news flash: you won’t get a hero award if you keep this up!  You’ll be exhausted.  You’ll be short-tempered and withdrawn from the people you love.  And you’ll hate your life.

Oh yeah – you won’t have a life because you’re too busy.

This holiday, give yourself the one gift you most need to give yourself.  Beyond staying in your pjs all day at least once over the holiday and sleeping in a few times, make a commitment to change one thing when you go back to work.  Take re-charge breaks every 75-90 minutes.

Here’s why.  According to research by The Energy Project, your brain goes from full focus to psychological fatigue every 90 minutes. And according to Daniel Pink, the most mature performers are those who think of breaks as performance-enhancers (rather than lost productivity time), and regularly set aside time to recharge.  Even if it’s only for a few minutes.

He offers five research-backed tips for taking the right kinds of breaks:

  1. Something beats nothing.
  2. Moving beats stationary.
  3. Social beats solo.
  4. Outside beats inside.
  5. Fully detached beats semi-detached.

There you have it!  Breaks are a sign of strength.  They reflect your maturity as a high-performer.  They do not suggest that you’re a slacker, but rather that you are a little smarter than the average bear.

Give yourself the one gift only you can choose to give.  Give yourself time to recharge every day.  The world needs you to be your best!  You need you to be your best.



This article has been written by DeAnna Murphy – the Chief Development Officer for People Acuity and principal author of Shift Up! Strengths Strategies for Optimal Living and Choose to See You – in collaboration with Dr. Steve Jeffs.  DeAnna and Steve are both Top 100 Global Coaching Leaders who have provided keynotes and leadership development experiences to leaders and teams in 58 countries.

People Acuity is the world’s premier career pathing technology company established to help leading employers develop, engage, and retain top-tier employees for high-impact business growth.  People Acuity partners with employers and industries to construct working career paths for career-seekers, creating talent pipelines to meet defined employer needs.

Multiply Your Strengths

Knowing how to use your strengths in new ways is more important now than ever!  Here’s why.

At the beginning of 2020, the economy was strong, and unemployment was at a 50-year low.  But since the onset of COVID-19, devastating unemployment and rapid shifts in the economy at times have left as much as 15% of the U.S. workforce unemployed, and currently, 60% badly under-employed.  These workers often feel like they are falling farther behind as the speed of business change accelerates.  This is causing morale, productivity, and engagement to plummet to all-time lows – and can have tragic implications for businesses that are already suffering from COVID fatigue.  Today, more than ever, we need strong employees and leaders armed and ready to wholeheartedly work!

What can raise the bar and ensure that individuals can re-position themselves to be major contributors?  What might help organizations get employees up to speed faster and ready to step into the work that is needed in today’s new economy?

The answer is relatively simple: we need employees and leaders who understand not just what their strengths are, but how to combine them in new ways, and use them to create new and better outcomes.  We need people who know how to be StrengthsMultipliers.

Source: Gallup Workplace Journal Link

Individuals who know how to multiply their strengths effectively contribute significantly to the business bottom line. They are six times more likely to be engaged, according to a Gallup study. They are 83% more likely to be part of a high-performing team, according to Marcus Buckingham’s research. As you can see in the chart, strengths use significantly decreases cost-sucking absenteeism and turnover and increases everything from productivity to profitability.

This is why the StrengthsMultiplier assessment tool was created – to empower employees to effectively multiply their strengths in new ways so that they can re-tool and fit themselves into the new roles and relationships that are required by today’s new economy.

If you’d like to learn more about how People Acuity can help prepare your organization for our new world, please call us at 952.797.4317, email us at, or simply use the link below.

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