Stress And Its Harmful Effects To Your Work Performance

Approximately, there are more than 3.5 billion people working in the world. Employment is necessary to practice skills, but most especially to earn money for our needs. We need to be physically and mentally healthy to survive work. However, the workplace can be a source of stress – demanding boss, irritating co-workers, debt problems such as employees having to apply for an IVA, impolite customers and disrespectful students, as well as long-commutes and never-ending tasks. The stress we get from work can affect our family relationships and other aspects in our lives.

Let us know in this article, how can stress affect your work performance?

Time Management

Stress can make you feel idle in performing tasks. Overwhelming workload and absence of peer support may contribute to your lack of motivation. You tend to be unproductive, which leads to a frustration or a panic that there is not enough time to finish work. This may lead to overtime or the need to bring tasks to home.

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Daily Productivity

Stress can hinder your productivity. According to ComPsych’s 2012 Stress Pulse survey, 36% of employees lose an hour or more of productivity each day. This can be attributed to the lack of motivation to complete workload.


Aside from being productive, a person may be ineffective as an employee due to stress. According to data, 46% of employees believe that stress makes them ineffective for one to four times a week. Ineffective employees may affect operations, which will also add up more stress to the workforce.


4 out of 10 employees miss two days a year because of stress while 2 out of 10 are absent for more than six days. Stress can affect the attendance of the employees. Being absent from work provides relief to the employee, not able to face the stressors in the work place. However, this does not completely eradicate stress, in fact, it can add up to the amount of stress because of the pile of workload to be performed to make up for the absence.

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According to Bob Losvyk, author of “Get a Grip!: Overcoming Stress and Thriving in the Workplace,” stress is a major contributor to job burn-outs. It can also be a factor for strained interactions with peers, supervisors, and colleagues. The feeling of helplessness and the lack of motivation heighten sensitivities to any forms of criticism, depression, and resentment towards co-workers.


Stress disables your mind to think normally. You will have difficulty remembering things, processing new information and learning new skills. When you are mentally tired from all of the anxieties, worries, tension, and pressure brought on by a stressful environment, you will lose concentration, thus affecting your work performance. Further, loss of focus leads to wrong decisions, mediocre works and other fatal mistakes on the job.


According to Richard Weinstein, author of “The Stress Effect,” stress can cause cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and musculoskeletal disorders. It can also result in headaches, vision problems, weight loss or gain, increase in blood pressure and sleep disorders, among others. Further, if an employee develops disorders, or at least does not feel well, it will lead to his or her absence.

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