Posts Tagged: Stress

The less email the better

Research published today from the University of California, Irvine, shows that workers without email access work better, are more satisfied with their jobs and hare more engaged than those with constant access to email. The research also showed a significant lessening of the stress hormone cortisol in the systems of the non-email users.… [read more]

Too much self-control is dangerous

A fascinating study has thrown light on both animal and human behavior in situations where an unnatural amount of self-control was asked for.

Experiments with dogs have shown that when an individual has been put in a situation where an unnatural amount of self-control was required (‘self-control depletion’), that individual is more likely to indulge in risky behavior subsequently.… [read more]

Canine stress busters

A study by Virginia Commonwealth University school of management has shown that bringing dogs to work reduces stress levels both for their owners and for those without dogs.

Since work related employee stress is the number one threat facing business this study—and others which have come to similar conclusions over the last few years—this should be taken very seriously.… [read more]

Call center trauma

A study published in the current Journal of Traumatic Stress shows that dispatchers in emergency call centers are liable to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at a similar rate to front-line emergency workers.

Given working conditions of the dispatchers that the researchers studied this is not altogether surprising.… [read more]

The power of oxytocin: building relationships and trust at work

Alicia and I talk a lot about the power of the neuropeptide oxytocin in creating committed relationships and trust between individuals and within organizations. A study by Swiss and German researchers has shown that the neurochemical has a far greater effect on behavior and emotion than previously thought.… [read more]

When stress can help you make the right decision

There has been a lot of conflicting data on the link between stress and decision making. Most studies have shown that stress is detrimental overall to good decision making. However, there is apparently an exception to this general rule: decisions made under threatening circumstances are more accurate if the decision-maker has elevated levels of the stress hormone cortisol.… [read more]

Want to motivate your reports?

A new study finds that those primed with words suggesting action (‘start now’, ‘get on with it’ etc) are more likely to make impulsive decisions than those primed with words suggesting they pause, stop or rest. In other words you’ll get them working hard, perhaps, but they may make some pretty stupid decisions while doing so.… [read more]

Take breaks to walk at work

Another thing for corporate lawyers afraid of suits, managers and female employees to worry about: a study shows that women in sedentary occupations are more likely to develop diabetes. This adds to the other great risk factor for diabetes: workplace stress.… [read more]