The honeymoon period is usually the moment when the employer feels most confident and optimistic about the employee’s ability to return to the company.
But a study has found that a period of high stress can actually be a bad thing for your career.
A survey of more than 2,000 employees found that employees with low stress levels reported a 40 per cent decrease in the number of complaints they received, and an 80 per cent reduction in the amount of work they completed compared to those with higher stress levels.
“High stress is a common feature of work environments and often causes employees to feel stressed and anxious, and to take action that could negatively affect their professional development,” study co-author Dr Jana Schreiber from the Department of Psychology at the University of Warwick said.
“But high stress levels can also result in feelings of insecurity and low self-esteem.”
The survey asked respondents about their experiences at work.
It found that 70 per cent of respondents had experienced a low-level stress at work, with a high level of stress leading to a lack of confidence and a low self esteem.
“People who feel low self self esteem are likely to have lower confidence, and they are more likely to feel that their performance is not high enough to be valued,” Dr Schreib said.
“People who are experiencing low self regard may feel anxious and depressed about their job and their performance.”
While high stress may be a problem for some people, it’s not necessarily the only reason they may feel depressed.
“Low self esteem can be a result of a variety of negative behaviours, including poor social skills, poor job performance and low engagement in a team,” Dr Andrew Gifford, senior lecturer in management and public policy at the university, said.”[In addition,] low self respect is associated with poorer mental health, as well as negative feelings about the workplace.”‘
I’m just trying to do my job’When you’re dealing with a situation that requires a great deal of physical and mental energy, the chances of you not feeling it are very low, he said.
Dr SchreIBe said that while the honeymoon effect was a common phenomenon in the workplace, she didn’t want to discourage people from working on their career.
“You’re not going to feel anything when you go on honeymoon.
There’s a period where people are happy, and it’s a nice period of time to think about your career, to think of where you want to go in the future,” she said.
It may not seem like a good idea to take time off after a stressful day, but in some cases, that’s actually what’s happening.
“When people get the honeymoons and they’re not feeling any of the negative feelings, they’re actually making good choices about their career,” Dr Giffords said.
The University of Victoria’s Dr Schreyers research has been published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.