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

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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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