Stress and Productivity: Are They Compatible?

Time management

The positive side of stress is that it can boost adrenaline and encourage you to complete your tasks faster in response to impending deadlines. However, an overwhelming workload, lack of support from friends or colleagues, and too many demands on oneself all contribute to frustration and panic. According to the authors of the book Performance Under Pressure: Managing Stress in the Workplace, if you have conditions in which you work overtime or have to take work home, you cannot manage your time. It also causes dissatisfaction of employees with their employer, who think that all this is the fault of the authorities.

In addition, your company’s clients, seeing you fussy, will think that you are sewn up in the workplace, and will choose another, more relaxed firm for their purposes. Think back to yourself when you come in as a client. Do you enjoy being served by a tired employee who can make mistakes in some calculations and wants to go home as soon as possible? That’s it.


“Stress is a major contributor to burnout and strained peer relationships,” writes Bob Loswick, author of Get a Grip!: Overcoming Stress and Thriving in the Workplace.

The cumulative feelings of helplessness and hopelessness give rise to increased sensitivity to any form of criticism, depression, paranoia, security, jealousy and misunderstanding of colleagues, who often have everything under control. So it’s in your best interest to stop panicking in vain and finally pull yourself together.


Stress affects your ability to remember what you already know, remember and process new information, analyze different situations, and deal with other issues that require extreme concentration. When you’re mentally drained, it’s easier for you to get distracted and make harmful and even fatal mistakes at work.


In addition to headaches, sleep disturbances, vision problems, weight loss or increase, and blood pressure, stress also affects the cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and musculoskeletal systems. If you feel bad, you will not do a good job, even if it gives you pleasure and you like what you are doing. In addition, vacations, sick days, and other absences from work often mean that your work piles up and you become stressed out that as soon as you return, a whole pile of things that cannot be postponed will fall upon you.

A few figures:

One in five people experience stress at work

Almost every 30 days a month, one in five employees is stressed. Even on weekends

– More than 12,8 million days a year are spent on stress for all people in the world together

In the UK alone, mistakes made by employees cost managers £3,7bn a year.

Impressive, isn’t it?

Understand what exactly causes you stress, and you can learn to cope with it or eradicate it completely.

It’s time to start taking care of yourself. Here are some tips that can help you with this:

1. Eat healthy meals regularly, not just on weekends when you have time to cook.

2. Exercise daily, exercise, practice yoga

3. Avoid stimulants like coffee, tea, cigarettes and alcohol

4. Make time for yourself, your family and friends

5. Meditate

6. Adjust the workload

7. Learn to say “no”

8. Take charge of your life, mental and physical health

9. Be proactive, not reactive

10. Find a purpose in life and go for it so you have a reason to be good at what you do

11. Constantly develop and improve your skills, learn new things

12. Work independently, relying on yourself and your strengths

Take time to think about your own causes of stress and what you can do to fix it. Ask for help from friends, loved ones, or a professional if you find it difficult to deal with this alone. Deal with stress before it becomes a problem.

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