Stress: Its Behavioral and Physiological Consequences,
CLEMSON UNIV SC
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Performance of an individual within a job setting can be conceived as an interaction between organizational, non-organizational, and individual characteristics which affect ones productivity. One of the potential effects of these factors is that of distress by the individual which affects his or her performance. Generally, if an individuals stress is continually increased, a point will be reached where performance decreases as stress level increases. Along with this decreased performance for the individual is the likelihood that group performance will also decrease due to the individuals reaction. The individual may not have time to interact properly with group members. This behavior may take the form of developing a short temper or hoarding information needed for task accomplishment. In addition, the individual may develop physical problems which decrease his or her effectiveness on the job, or if severe enough may require hospitalization. The problems of ulcers, high blood pressure, allergies, and coronary heart disease are believed to be in part precipitated by stress.