It sounds counter-intuitive, but a little workplace stress can actually be a good thing. Research from the University of California Berkeley suggests that significant but brief stressful events causes stem cells in the brains of rats to create new cells. Two weeks after being put under stress, when these new cells had matured, the rats’ alertness, learning, and memory had improved.
Acute stress can actually help to improve performance among employees as well. During short, stressful periods, employees work harder to meet deadlines, launch projects and systems, and solve problems.
But when workplace stress reaches chronic levels, that’s a problem. Unfortunately, our 2016 Health IT Stress Report found that 55 percent of professionals in the field are at least frequently or constantly stressed. What’s more, 38 percent rated their stress intensity as high or extremely high, while 45 percent said their stress occurs on a frequent or chronic basis.
There’s no doubt that health IT employees are stressed — but just how stressed are they? Here are some warning signs that workplace stress is reaching chronic levels and what employers can do about it: […]