Stressed workers are prone to mistakes

People who are stressed in the workplace could be more likely to make mistakes in the office, it has been claimed. Terri Bodell, Deputy Chairman of the National Association of Counsellors, Hypnotherapists and Psychotherapists, said individuals overly concerned about their job stability are unlikely to perform to the best of their ability.

The expert - also known as The Stress Doctor - was speaking after a new survey from the Chartered Management Institute found that 39 per cent of workers in the UK currently feel the actions of their bosses are increasing their stress levels.

She noted: "When you're stressed, you're more likely to make silly mistakes and therefore you're going to be highlighted as somebody who's not doing your job properly."

This means a person is inadvertently increasing the chances of them losing their job - so stress can act as a "self-fulfilling prophecy", Ms Bodell went on to point out.

Dr Michael Reddy, Chartered Psychologist and Chartered Scientist, commented: "I ran an employee support service for 20 years. Over that time we took over a million calls on the helpline from employees. 

"It's obvious that employees (anybody) performs poorly under too much pressure - which is what stress is about - when they have little control over their workload, when support from management is weak, of course they perform below par, are prone to make mistakes and take poor decisions!

"No wonder many organisations don't like defining let alone measuring stress, or even acknowledging it. It's under their nose. They daren't acknowledge it."