Productivity is one of the first things to go when stress has infiltrated a company’s operations, and the high performance individuals within it.
The direct cause and effect of a stressed out “reactive” team verses a high performance “proactive” team has significant ripple effects across an organization. This is felt not only on a physical level, where employees experience the negative impact elevated stress hormones have on their bodies and brains; it is also felt on an operational level, where productivity and efficiencies are compromised eventually affecting the bottom line.
Why you should care? The consequences of stress are very real and presenteeism, the problem of workers’ being on the job but not fully functioning— can cut individual productivity by one-third.
On a physiological level stress works against the body making it feel agitated, depleted, and exhausted. On a neurological level stress can cause the brain to lack performance ability making it hard to retrieve data, focus, and have creative thought. The brain is not wired to multitask but the funny thing about multitasking is it is believed to be a skill-set, when in reality it couldn’t be further from the truth. Multitasking has been found to increase the production of the stress hormone cortisol as well as the fight-or-flight hormone adrenaline, which can overstimulate your brain and cause mental fog or scrambled thinking.
Taking a proactive approach towards effectively managing the stress levels of employees has a direct benefit to the success of a company, as well as ensuring a healthy competitive edge. The popular corporate SMA program (Stress Management through Awareness) developed by Jamie Wood for High Performance Individuals combines neuroscience, operations management, and physiology to help companies strategize for success.
Don’t let stress effect your bottom line!