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High-stress workplaces lead to low productivity

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Workers suffering from high stress levels don’t perform as well as employees working in low-stress environments.

This probably doesn’t come as a surprise, particularly since many nurses don’t have the phrase “low-stress environment” in their vocabulary (though we’ve put together many stress-reduction tips!). But a new study looks specifically at what happens to those working in high-stress environments.

The report by Towers Watson finds that stressed workers are less productive, have lower engagement and are absent more often than those in low-stress environments, according to Forbes. The study looked at more than 20,000 employees across industry lines in the U.S. and the U.K. Overall, 30 percent of workers in the U.S. claim to work in a high-stress environment, compared to 34 percent in the U.K.

More than half of stressed workers found the biggest cause of stress to be inadequate staffing—something nurses certainly can relate to. In contrast, only 15 percent of senior managers felt staffing was a problem.

The second largest cause of stress on the list was “lack of work-life balance.” Fortunately, Scrubs’ own Sean Dent tackled the work-life issue on a recent episode of “The Sean Dent Show,” where you’ll learn how to keep your sanity in your high-stress job.

Nurses, do you think your stress levels inhibit your own productivity on the job? Do you have any tips for coping? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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