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Stress Can Improve Productivity in the Workplace

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Some stress can increase productivity in the workplace

Being pushed out of your comfort zone by stress can increase productivity in the workplace.

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being and Peak Human Performance.

We are often told that we need to avoid all stress in our lives. However, in the world of work a little bit of stress can be a very useful tool and lead to an increase in productivity in the workplace.

Stress Breeds Innovation

It is very easy to slip into your comfort zone when you’re working and, at times, this can be very helpful in allowing us to recharge our batteries. However, stay there for too long and it breeds complacency. It is only when we are in a heightened state of stress that we will push ourselves further, leading to innovation and progress. Push your employees as far as possible, then allow them time in their comfort zone to recover; their productivity in the workplace will improve as a result, and so your company will prosper.

Know the Limits

Whilst stress aids productivity, it is vital that you observe your employees’ limits. Place somebody under stressful conditions for too long and they will overstretch themselves. The result is often a loss of confidence in their abilities, and a regression; this is clearly something that will affect your business prospects. Make sure that you monitor your employees; if they start to show the signs of being overloaded, allow them to return to their comfort zone.

Reap the Rewards

If you judge the stress levels of your employees correctly, you will find that their productivity in the workplace greatly improves. Your organization will benefit strongly as a result.

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