The Hidden Damage Of Stress And Anxiety On Productivity Outcomes

How can organizations accomplish authentic advancement in the frequently opposing areas of team well-being as well as performance and efficiency? Unearthing an answer to this problem is very valuable for leaders since stressed out personnel tend to produce lower work-place output.

To understand more about this we had a conversation with Stuart Hayes, the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Stuart Hayes Leadership, A business coaching organisation based in Melbourne, Australia. Hayes is an expert in ways to harmonize productivity and wellness in commercial situations.

To explore the hidden cost of stress and anxiety on productivity, Hayes asks leaders to contemplate the impacts of anxiety in the work place Vs the end results conceivable if health and wellbeing is present in critical work teams and leaders:

#1 Efficacy of the Staff

Tension and also bad feelings lead to disturbed mentally impaired employees that lack mental clarity … whereas happier, more relaxed workers have clearer minds and are far more switched on, intentional and resourceful.

#2 Wellbeing

Stress as well as adverse feelings can cause ill health. In contrast happier workers enjoy what they do and are more reliable, taking less sick days than their emotionally challenged counterparts.

#3 Morale and Important Staff Retention

Tension as well as negative feelings cause increases in personnel turnover, whereas personnel who are happier feel more attached to both your business and their colleagues, which means they generally stay put for a longer period; reducing HR recruitment costs and stopping the leakage of valuable IP.

#4 Brand Name Management

Stress and bad emotions can result in team members being resentful and this can have a particularly damaging impact on customer service. Satisfied team members relate much better with clients and are much better supporters of your firm and your brand.

#5 Alignment with Business Strategy or Strategic Change Campaigns

Tense or antagonistic personnel are less likely to affiliate themselves with the teams grand design and at the same time they are more probable to resist any transformation that is needed. But happy, forward-looking team members are more innovative, interested, instigate advancements and are a lot more accepting of change.

Considering the damage that stress and a lack of staff well-being can cause, what is the answer?

Enterprises are increasingly making use of workplace wellness campaigns, although not all of these are effective or convert into production returns. “Securing lasting progress in both efficiency and well-being demands a whole lot more deliberation than just making it possible for a little job versatility, providing a health club subscription or engaging a public speaker. These are pretty much only ‘box ticking’ exercises and they aren’t going to get the job done” explains Hayes. In fact, it’s this box-ticking solution that’s the most usual reason why well-being programs fall flat.

Hayes stresses that supporting groups to elevate their enjoyment and experience of work and the results they achieve from their job requires an approach that aims to create a different culture where responsibility and well-being are foundations of the enterprise.”

“What this denotes is that we recognize we are responsible for changing the way our personnel respond to tension and bad emotions, altering the manner in which our group relates and communicates with each other, and making certain every person is naturally aligned to the team’s larger missions, all at the same time. This is the nucleus of a great culture, and moreover why leaders should regard themselves, above anything else, as the guardians of the culture.”


Mindfulness is being effectively made use of by many groups in order to help employees accept and more effectively come to terms with situations, pressure as well as negative feelings in their workplace. But what hasn’t been made as well known, though, is new research that shows how our brain and heart continuously interact with each other, and that our heart can be used to help shift someone’s emotions from negative to positive, or that the heart’s sphere of influence likewise has a quantifiable influence on other individuals close by. According to Hayes, this represents the leading edge of H.R. development as well as leadership.

“It’s funny, we all have a heart, all of us have a brain, and all of us know that our thoughts and feelings influence each other instinctively, nevertheless the expanding development of research that shows that our heart and mind interact is amazing,” Hayes declares, who has now spent the better part of the past seven years studying this interplay, and specifically how it fits in the workplace.

Contemplate these four points:

#1 – When in communication with a good leader, a person’s brainwaves will sync up with the leader, an outcome that does not transpire when the aforementioned individual speaks with, let’s say, other individuals of their crew. The impact of this improves team engagement.

#2 – Both the mind and also the heart each issue electromagnetic resonance that can be measured in a lab, but the electromagnetic aura of the heart is stronger.

#3 – Measurement of the heart’s reach differs, in accordance with a person’s disposition,

#4 – It’s possible to engage the heart in practices that measurably lift the impact of bad emotions both within a person as well as within those near them, inducing shifts in groups of individuals. We call this: Bridging The Heart and Mind.

Any person associated with leading an organization under stress, or any individual needing to implement change in a firm, or seeking to accomplish high-performance results in simpler ways, will profit from a one day in depth leadership workshop. Called Leading To Improve Performance And Well-Being.

The workshop shares ways that are practical for leaders who are in very competitive and stressful settings to attain progress team wellbeing and team efficacy, by utilizing several of the most up to date insights into human resource development as they apply to leadership roles.