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Stress and Productivity: What the Numbers Say [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Business.com Editorial Staff
Business.com / Work Life / Last Modified: February 22, 2017

Everyone knows stress can manifest in a number of ways, but how does it affect your productivity? Here's what the numbers have to say.

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Stress is a necessity in life, and sometimes, it can be a good thing. But when there's too much of it, stress can be a monster. 

Not only can it affect your health, but it can affect how much you get done and the quality of your work. 

Workplace stress is nothing new, in fact, one in four employees view their job as the number one stressor in their lives. What's more: three-fourths of employees believe the average worker has more on-the-job stress than a generation ago. 

The impact of stress has serious consequences on productivity and at the end of the day, a company's bottomline. Our latest infographic delves into the data, and reveals just how much time and money are actually being lost due to workplace stress and compromised productivity. Download it for free below. 

Related Article: Does Your Sex Life Influence Your Productivity? Oh YES.

How to Cut Down On Stress

It's important to be informed as to how stress can impact you and your employees, but how do we change it? Here are some helpful ideas:

  • Get physical. One of the many benefits of exercise are the effects it has on stress. Not only does it pump your body full of feel-good endorphins, but it can also help you sleep better and aid in relaxation. 
  • Take a breathing break. WebMD recommends taking five minutes to yourself and focusing on your breathing. This will help to slow your heart rate and lower blood pressure. 
  • Try a creative outlet. Focusing on an art project or a creative project is a great way to focus on a task that's not work related while still stimulating your brain. Adult coloring books are all the rage for this reason. 


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