Men and women respond in different ways to stress that is caused by their jobs. A fight or flight reaction is more common in men; “women are more likely to have a ‘tend and befriend’ response, seeking comfort in relationships and care of loved ones, according to research by Shelley E. Taylor, health psychology professor at the University of California, and others”. Some stress is good and can spur one to higher levels of performance. However, chronic stress can cause elevated levels of stress hormone such as cortisol and adrenaline. It reduces ”mental clarity, short-term memory, decision-making and moods”, all of which affect productivity. “…If harmful levels of stress continue too long, a person may loose the ability to relax, a condition linked in research to numerous health problems.” Quotes from the article “Office Stress: His Versus Hers”, written by Lauren Weber and Sue Shellenbarger, which appeared in the Wall street Journal on Tuesday, March 5, 2013.
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