A new report suggests that pressure helps people to work more efficiently and makes the day go quicker. Many say they're more efficient under pressure.
The study involving 3,000 people shows that 77% believe work stress increases job satisfaction and 46% said time passed more quickly when they had a heavy workload. Psychologists found that only 7% thought that stress slowed them down, while 49% believed they were more effective under pressure and 47% felt they were more focused. Aparna Malhotra, author of the report, said, "We have found that poor job satisfaction is a major cause of rising stress levels, but on the flip side, without stress people lack focus and they do not experience the same fulfilment from their working day."
The study, commissioned by Anadin, concluded that work satisfaction depends on three variables: stimulation stress and time (SST). When these are balanced then satisfaction is likely to be at a peak, but too much of one or the other could lead to frustration and job misery.
People working in education were found to have the least spare time and therefore the worst SST balance. Solicitors had the best balance, combining fast-paced days with plenty of spare time.
This is an interesting report but the fact remains that about half a million people experience work-related stress at a level they believe is making them ill. Up to 5 million people in the UK feel ‘very’ or ‘extremely’ stressed by their work; and work-related stress costs society as much as £3.8 billion every year.
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