More Work But Less Stress

A VitalSmarts study found that productive people are 55 times less likely to start projects that never get finished.

Top-rated employees are three times more valuable to their managers than the average employee, according to a new study from VitalSmarts, led by New York Times best-selling author David Maxfield, that surveyed nearly 1,600 managers and employees. And despite the fact that they are responsible for 61 percent of the total work done in their departments, they actually have work habits that reduce their stress levels.

The study found that productive people are:

  • 55 times less likely to start projects that never get finished
  • 21 times less likely to experience tasks and responsibilities falling through the cracks
  • Never likely to miss deadlines or assignments
  • 17 times less likely to have an inbox with too many unread e-mails
  • 18 times less likely to feel overwhelmed
  • 21 times less likely to feel anxious and/ or worry they forgot something
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