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Keep calm and carry on: Preventing stress from hindering productivity

Are your employees stressed out?

Are your employees stressed out? Pushing heavy workloads with tight deadlines could be creating an atmosphere full of tension and negativity. At the same time, you need to do something to ensure your team accomplishes its goals. To achieve top performance levels, mixing employee reward and recognition programs with stress management techniques could be just what the doctor ordered.

Referring to several recent studies, Forbes magazine explained that just the right type and amount of pressure is necessary for employees to work at their top capacity. Too much stress – especially unrelenting, sustained pressure – can be detrimental to health, happiness and productivity. Therefore, it's in everyone's best interest to make sure workers aren't getting maxed out. Putting too much pressure on team members without providing relief or balancing with positive, low-tension counters can cause some people to burn out or even quit their jobs,

At the same time, the source noted that too little stimulation is an equal hindrance to performance. When employees aren't under any stress at all, they're likely to bored and unmotivated. The perfect balance is one that encourages and inspires without making employees feel restricted and trapped. An employee rewards program can offer workers goals and deadlines to strive for while also providing the positive balance of rewards and recognition for achievements.

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