This week, the Wall Street Journal ran an article titled, How Busy Colleagues Spread Secondhand Stress. As we are approaching exams, I found the topic of stress very fitting. The article outlines the mere fact that when someone is busy or rushing around, they add to the stress and tension felt by those around them. Often when seeing a manager or superior rushing around frantically, a feeling is spread that the rest of the workplace is not operating at maximum efficiency or not doing anything of relative importance. As healthy as this is, it sets the stage for a very low-efficiency, stressed-out environment.
This notion of a constantly moving atmosphere within a workplace has even spread to designs and layouts of office buildings. The article outlines how many developers are choosing artwork with blurred people, or people that appear to be in motion to hang on walls of office buildings rather than just stagnant clear images. I find this particularly interesting, as usually when I am feeling stressed I want the world to just slow down.
During the stressful preparation leading up to finals, this idea of secondhand stress can be seen everywhere. From late nights in the library to long days at a desk, many students feel pressure more from their fellow students and roommates than their actual professors.