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Performance Under Pressure: Managing Stress in the Workplace by Bruce Tulgan, Heidi Wenk Sormaz

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CHAPTER 12

Dealing With Fatigue Pressure

ALL OF US have periods of fatigue. For some of us, though, fatigue is chronic. According to a poll by the National Sleep Foundation, 65 percent of us do not get enough sleep. The pressure of fatigue comes from the need to be productive despite the fact that we are tired. There are many obstacles in this attempt at productivity. Tiredness makes us emotional (impatient, anxious, depressed), makes it difficult to think clearly, creates muscular tension, and hampers motivation. These factors are estimated to cost businesses 18 billion dollars a year.

Fatigue is insidious because it interacts with on-the-job pressure. Most of us know that job pressure can create anxiety and that anxiety can interfere with a ...

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