Stress is both negative and positive

Stress is both negative and positive

An individual experiences stress through psychological emotions and is disseminated through physiological breakdown or biological changes. However stress is not negative always. Stress has also positive consequences. The positive form of stress is known as eustress. The word taken from Greek language means good stress. Mild stress elevates body metabolic and biological rates. The increase in the metabolism leads to secretion of juices from body glands that will increase the inner drive for achievement. Achievement motivation comes from deep intention, mild tensions, inner urge, fire and feeling of restlessness to achieve objectives. Stress helps in the development of people too. In its mild form it enhances job performance, leads to excellence and provides impetus to work hard and perform better. Individuals involved in the discharge of professional oriented jobs, jobs involving creativity, challenge, interpersonal communications and certain managerial jobs, will be benefited by stress, which leads to positive performances. However, jobs involving physical effort do not get benefit out of stress. As indicated above mild levels of stress increases job performance. It stimulates body and increases reactivity. Thus, individuals perform tasks better and in a rapid way. Inverted-U relationship illustrates this phenomenon. Some positive consequences are: increased productivity, positive response to target, development of proper perception in the decision making, increased motivation and performance, increased adaptability to change and increased quality of job performance. For instance, employee experiencing a moderate stress of repetitiveness on the job finds new ways of discharging jobs. Thus, stress promotes creativity in the employees.

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