5 Ways Stress Kills Productivity

You surely have heard it before but perhaps haven’t allowed it to really sink in: workplace stress kills productivity.

You surely have heard it before but perhaps haven’t allowed it to really sink in: workplace stress kills productivity. It’s the same across the board in Australia and New Zealand. You’ve seen numbers go down when stress rises, but couldn’t it just be a coincidence? Can stress really have that much of an impact on someone’s job? Believe it or not, but it does. And here are five ways that workplaces stress will kill productivity.

How stress kills productivity

  1. Forget that focus – In order for any worker to do their job well, they need to be able to focus on specific tasks. Focus is already a hard task to accomplish in workplace settings that are noisy and erratic. But, when you combine high levels of stress into the mix, you’re sure to have a worker who cannot focus on even the most menial of jobs, like emails. Lack of focus will make your workers look at their entire to-do list as a whole, rather than focus on each individual task, thus only adding to their stress level. Your workers might look like they’re working while in this state, but it’ll take them twice as long to get the job done.
  2. Workplace conflict – People who are stressed have a harder time keeping their emotions in check. They’re more likely to erupt or react irrationally about even the tiniest of issues. While there are effective ways to implement conflict resolution in the workplace, the goal would be to avoid this workplace conflict to begin with, as resolutions take time to process and slow down work. In addition, your office is most productive when people work cohesively, and aren’t at odds with one another. Stress will likely increase your incidents of workplace conflict, and slow down your productivity.
  3. Absenteeism – There is endless data proving that stress causes Australians and New Zealanders to miss work. This is for a number of reasons. For starters, stress can wreak havoc on our physical health, thus can make us feel sick. However, as a natural defense system, we try to avoid stressful situations whenever possible. Your workers will often call in sick just for their own personal sanity, because their bodies are begging them for reprieve.
  4. Mistakes – A lack of focus will slow you down, but it will also make you less likely to complete a task error-free. People suffering from workplace stress are more likely to make mistakes or miss deadlines. These types of errors can be costly to your business and will certainly eat up more time as you have to go back and fix these errors.
  5. Tardiness – No one likes being stressed out, which is why employees suffering from workplace stress are more likely to show up to work late, or attempt to leave early. This is  beyond an issue of a few minutes here and there. It’s also about the mentality of that worker. In essence, your stressed worker has no interest being at his job at all, thus how can you expect productive work from him? If you notice workers who are showing up late, chalk it up to burnout. As devastating as workplace stress is to your office, it’s also something that can be eradicated. Workplace Stress seminars allow you to learn the skills and vocabulary necessary to not only prevent stress, but to address it head on. Being able to cultivate a positive workplace environment can help your employees remain interested and motivated at work. Although stress kills productivity, you have the power to make a change.