The Yerkes-Dodson Law and Performance suggests that we operate best under a certain amount of stress. If we are not stressed at all, it's can be difficult to find the energy to function at our best. At the other end, if we are too stressed, we may shutdown for other reasons. The below graph is an adaptation of the Yerkes-Dodson law from SelfLoveRainbow.
What can you do to perform at your best?
Start by checking-in with your stress levels. Try to be granular with labelling the emotion and then think about a few other labels. This is something we speak about in our article 'Understanding Our Emotions'. An honest assessment puts you into an emotionally ready state.
Probably the most common mistake is trying to avoid what is stressing us. Andrew Fuller says "Embrace the fear. Usually when we feel stressed we are fearing something. Ask yourself, ‘What am I feeling fearful or scared about at the moment?’ and ‘Is this fearful situation really going to happen or is it me imagining the worst possible outcome?’"
How can organisation's support
The same way that an individual level, our emotions provide meaningful data and put us in an emotionally ready state, at an organisational level they do too. It starts with signals. Being able to gauge the feelings and what's behind those feelings will help leaders create optimal environments for learning and work to happen. If there are high levels of overwhelm, what might be behind that? Could changes be implemented to have a positive impact? Can that impact be measured?
For further support on eliminating burnout, feel free to contact us! Or start a free trial of Skodel today so you can gauge the stress levels at your organisation.