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Trond Undheim

Trond Undheim

Department: Senior Lecturer in Global Economics and Management

Contact: , tundheim@mit.edu

Expertise: European Union (EU); Knowledge management; Leadership; New Ventures; Scandinavia; Strategic management

Too much, too little, just right: Stress at work, and the Goldilocks Principle — Andrew Yap

From WBUR Cognoscenti Stress used to be a dirty word. Study after study has shown that stress makes workers less productive, less satisfied, less healthy — and, therefore, more likely to call in sick. For many years, the message to managers was simple: Stress causes burnout; avoid it for yourself and for those who work under you at all costs. Nowadays, however, the message is more complex. A growing body of research indicates that some stress is good for workers. Perhaps more important, studies have found that too little stress can be bad. Stress related to boredom leads employees to engage in counterproductive work behavior, such as spending aimless time on the Internet for non-work reasons, gossiping about colleagues, and taking way too much time completing work assignments. So: Excessive stress leads to mental exhaustion and poor health, but not enough stress results in boredom and demotivation. What’s a manager to do? The answer lies in the Goldilocks Principle. The optimal level of stress is … Read More »The post Too much, too little, just right: Stress at work, and the Goldilocks Principle — Andrew Yap appeared first on MIT Sloan Experts.

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