This study has some interesting findings linked to the importance of mindset - something that we're thinking about more and more in relation to predicting performance at work. Those with a positive stress mindset step up their performance and feel more energised when anticipating larger workloads. We should now turn our attention to establishing effective and efficient measures of stress mindset for use in predicting performance.
For employees with a positive stress mindset, there was an association between expecting a larger workload and taking more proactive steps to cope. In turn, these proactive, constructive behaviours (the researchers call this “approach coping”) were related to performing better, and feeling more energised. But for those with a negative stress mindset, this association was reversed – the more workload they anticipated, the less they performed constructive coping behaviours. In turn, the worse these workers said they’d performed, and the less energised they felt at the day’s end. This is consistent with the idea that people with a negative stress mindset try to cope through avoidance.