Between low salaries, increased workload, and a “lack of control in job-related decisions among employees,” your workplace is one of the biggest sources of stress in your life. But a new study from the American Psychological Association has found that some forms of work stress could be healthy for you.
The stress they’re talking about is the kind that drives you to increase your performance. For example, you’re under the gun and trying to meet a tough deadline. That’s when you buckle-down, dig deep, and put it all on the line to get things done…and get them done right. It’s this kind of stress they found can boost a person’s confidence and sense of self-worth because they were able to overcome obstacles and complete the task at-hand.
There’s no doubt that making things happen against the odds is gratifying. However, it’s still worth nothing because, for the most part, the bad stresses at work greatly outweigh the good ones. So, bosses…please…don’t take this single study and make it an excuse to start piling on more work and setting unattainable deadlines because you’re pretending to care about the health of your employees. Thank you for listening.
Source: American Psychological Association