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How Does Stress Affect Your Performance at Work?

Brent McNutt

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Work is a necessity for most of us. We need it in order to pay for the rent and other bills. We also need a job so that we can earn enough to purchase supplies.

There are several other reasons why people work. Some because of ambition while others because of pride. Whatever your reason is, you will surely deal with stress. Stress is present in any type of profession. If you are in the corporate world, you will deal with executives, clients, and bosses. If you are working in the medical industry, on the other hand, you will deal with doctors, chief nurses, and patients.

Stress affects a person in different ways. The way he deals with it depends on the level of stress he faces. Stress can affect his performance too, especially if there are no programs in the organization that helps employees deal with stress.

How a person deals with stress reflects on his performance. Here are some changes in your performance if you let stress handle you instead of the other way around:

1. It will be difficult for you to concentrate. A demanding boss can be very stressful. Instead of focusing on your job, all you can think of is how to impress your boss and you will not have any work done. If you are a nurse who has a very unappreciative patient, you will not be able to give your best to your other patients if you keep on thinking about that particular patient.

2. You will not be able to finish your tasks on time. Stress can be very distracting. If you keep on thinking about the different issues in the workplace, you commit mistakes. Mistakes are time consuming. You have to repeat what you have done to make sure it is error free.

3. It will also affect your relationship with your colleagues. You will find yourself irritable. You find it difficult to laugh at their jokes and you try to shut off from any team bonding activities.

It is important that you channel the issues in the office the right way. Identify what your stressors are. Talk to your friends in the workplace about the things at work that causes stress. They will be the most sensible people to discuss these issues with because they understand where you are coming from. Who else would understand a nurse, than the person who wears the same landau scrub, right?

If you feel that the issues from work are hindering you from meeting the deadlines, change your approach. Find a better way to concentrate on what you are doing. Find a way to deal with your stressors better. Use them as a challenge in order to excel. However, you should be careful. Most of the time, your will to prove yourself stresses you more than it should.

No matter how stressed you are, try your best to maintain a good working relationship with your office mates. Learn from them, if they do not look as stressed out as you, you might find helpful tips from them. Most of the time, you will need the help and advice of the people who understand your situation in order to deal with stress better.

Brent McNutt likes talking about Dickies Scrubs and Landau Scrubs and enjoys networking with healthcare professionals online.


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