In small doses, stress can be good. Biologically speaking, this is known as “hormesis,” a favorable adaptive response and output from acute or intermittent stress.

The stress from exercise creates growth and strengthens the body. Grapes from stressed plants can make award-winning wines.

And a little bit of pressure and stress from a challenge at work can spark endorphins that fuel creative breakthroughs.

This kind of pressure and stress is present in all work environments. It allows staff to continue to work and learn. However, when it becomes overwhelming and unrelenting, it can turn into chronic stress. This is where it all takes a turn for the worst, negatively impacting employees’ health and their ability to perform (Mendy, 2020).

Workplace stress costs US employers around $300 billion every year and continues to rise according to the American Institute of Stress. It is defined as a response of those presented with work demands and pressures that are not matched to their knowledge and abilities and which challenge their ability to cope (World Health Organization, 2020).




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