Almost every employee will, at some point, be unhappy with the stress levels that he or she has to endure at their work place. And the sad part is that there are still employers out there who believe that a good administrator is one who leaves his mark on his team by making them feel the pressures that shape a business. But the fact is that there have been a lot of studies that prove that happier employees can actually lead to a more successful business than those where there is a constant feeling of struggle. And, in fact there are several studies that have proven the bad effects that stress has on employees.
The first effect being the fact that a stressed person is less likely to be creative. The fact has been known for millennia and there is even a story in the Bible where a rich man leaves town and gives some money to two of his employees. One uses it creatively by investing it and doubling them while the other is so worried that he may lose the money that he chooses to just bury them and so to keep them safe. Obviously, when the master returns, he is very upset with the servant that kept the money safe but he cannot see that his own hand in the matter. After all, some people are more prone to stress than others and they need a bit of encouragement to know that they are valued.
However creativity is only the first thing to go. That is because working in a stressful environment basically means that those people will be stressed more than half the time they are awake. Since we spend 8 hours per day, 5 days per week at work is only natural that the environment there will have a very big impact on us. And that stress will, in time, turn to depression and a lack in motivation. Even more a vicious circle can easily begin where the person is to stressed to sleep properly, thus they get more depressed and feel that they do not have enough energy, their performance drops and they get even more stressed because of it.
Ultimately higher level of stress will destroy the employee’s ability to focus and to perform. Those employees will have a hard time to perform anything but the most basic tasks and they will sink in depression. And as a result of that they will start avoiding other people and their relationships will also be affected. That is actually why some offices make for such aggressive and disruptive working environments. And, what’s even worse, many medical trials have proven that high levels of stress can affect cholesterol levels and can cause higher incidents of heart attacks and aneurisms. The point here is that the higher the level of stress in an office the more that business will have to suffer, proving that the more common perception that you need to work hard your employees to get the maximum performance that they can deliver is not only wrong but can be detrimental to a business.
Joye Allen has done more than leave the corporate world and she started her own business in article writing and blogging. This has helped her grow more in the first year and feel more alive than she had ever felt, she has thrown all her energy in this endeavor. Joye has been working as a writer for weight loss clinics since September of 2012 and is always looking to broaden his area of expertise.