You Should Probably Chill Out Because You’re Causing Secondhand Stress For Your Coworkers


Time to Breathe


You’ve heard all about the dangers of secondhand smoke, but there’s another, more insidious danger of the secondhand variety lurking all around us: secondhand stress.

This phenomenon occurs in workplaces when one person rushes around in a stressed-out huff, in turn spreading anxiety to his or her colleagues, the Wall Street Journal reports. You know: that one co-worker (or gaggle of co-workers) who’s just always whizzing around all frazzled, wielding several electronic devices and probably sweating a lot.

All that rushing around often causes other employees to think, “Maybe I should be doing that, too, or maybe my stuff isn’t as important as his, or maybe he’ll be irritable if I interrupt,” Jordan Friedman, a New York City stress-management speaker and trainer, tells the Journal.

Additionally, just seeing other people — especially managers — acting so frenetically can easily become contagious, causing everyone to become all panicky without meaning…

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