Comfort zone at work: Bad Sign

If job responsibilities are easy then it's very likely that you may not be using the full potential of your workers, preventing their personal growth and causing demotivation.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

In a discussion of the topic in an article in Harvard Business Review, Francesca Gino says that the belief that work without stress increases productivity, is false.

Beyond the fact that stress can cause disease, the truth is that in order to be more productive, it is essential to feel some stress.

The article indicates how, "according to what is known as the Yerkes-Dodson law, performance increases with physiological or mental arousal (stress), but only up to a point. When the level of stress gets too high, performance decreases."

The article goes on to say: "The shape of the curve varies based on the complexity and familiarity of the task. Different tasks require different levels of arousal for optimal performance, research has found. For example, difficult or unfamiliar tasks require lower levels of arousal to facilitate concentration; by contrast, you may better perform tasks demanding stamina or persistence with higher levels of arousal to induce and increase motivation."

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