It’s is hard to imagine, but the basis for our understanding of work-related stress is largely thanks to an experiment carried out by Robert Yerkes and John Dillingham Dodson almost 100 years ago. The result of the experiment into how mild electric shocks affected rats performance in solving a maze was the so-called Yerkers-Dodson Law that explains how a certain amount of stress can work as motivation to complete tasks, but can become ineffective when it gets out of control.
This infographic from Bryan College explains how this experiment was conducted and what were the results of the study. Amongst the findings, the psychologists found that there are two different types of stress; eustress and distress which have the ability to either improve or decrease our performance.
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Have a look at this infographic to check your own job stress levels and see if there is anything you can do to increase your productivity at work.
So, how stressed are you at work? Let me know in the comments section below…