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Workplace Anxiety Hampers Job Performance: New Study

Photo Credit: Sander van der Wel

Photo Credit: Sander van der Wel

Having a healthy atmosphere around in workplace is very important. After having some bad moments outside office and/or at home the last thing you would want is to be around a stress-filled workplace.

You already have immense workload – pile of files need to be read and reread, complicated presentations have to be made and sometimes you might have to work non-stop to accomplish your targets. In this situation, a nice chat with your co-workers or even boss (if he/she is not all bossy) always provides a tinge of joy and refreshment, not to forget it boosts your spirit.

But, if you’re wondering about the condition if the case is totally opposite then a new study will certainly fetch you an answer.

Canadian researchers have discovered in a new study – based on police officers that one’s job performance is strongly associated with relationship with their bosses, colleagues and employees.

For the study, the team analyzed the impacts of workplace anxiety in 267 police officers from Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), and discovered that the more workplace emotional exhaustion they faced the more direct affect it had on their job performance. Therefore, better relationship with peers and supervisors is essential for an individual to do well at work.

Julie McCarthy, who is associated with University of Toronto (UT), pointed out that being empathetic and offering emotional support by hearing out each other contributes greatly in the development of a positive work atmosphere as the bond is made of understanding and trust.

John Trougakos, also associated with UT and an organizational behavior specialist, said that besides posing threat to the health and comfort of employees, workplace anxiety is also a major concern for “an organization’s bottom-line”.

McCarthy highlighted that police officers like other individuals “have a finite amount of resources” they rely on for coping with the demands of work, but if workplace anxiety is present in intense forms then it tends to “emotional exhaustion” that eventually leads to poor job performance.

Anxiety records are startling in workplaces of other areas as well, with one survey indicating that 41 percent of employees that showed high levels of workplace anxiety doing poor in their jobs.

McCarthy emphasized that their outcomes stresses the significance of programs, which permit employees to “recover, build resilience and develop strong social support networks in the workplace”.

She added that RCMP is taking initiatives to fight workplace anxiety with the hope that their research will prompt other organizations to consider this issue and come up with ways to eradicate it.

The study has been made available online and will be published in the forthcoming “Journal of Applied Psychology”

Last month, another study by researchers from York, St. John University, England indicated that “perfectionistic concerns” can prove to be detrimental at work, leading to stress, burnout and probable health problems.

The research team looked into the outcomes of 43 earlier studies, ranging over the span of two decades and found that perfectionism that has two types – perfectionistic strivings and perfectionistic concerns have totally opposite impact on people.

While the first encourages an individual to settle personal goals and work towards it sincerely and actively, the latter provokes one to stay in endless anxiety or committing mistakes or disappointing others or even the failure to matching up to their expectations of themselves.

The report said that “perfectionistic concerns” have before shown to cause several health problems like fatigue, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, depression and even early death.

This research was published online in the “Personality and Social Psychology Review”.

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