Work faster, smarter, longer. With corporate eyes fixed on profits, everyone seems to be focusing on performance. While some employees rise to the challenge, others underperform and act out in response to the pressure.

Performance pressure, it turns out, is a double-edged sword, according to an Academy of Management Journal article. It either motivates people to achieve or it undermines their productivity.

“The biggest takeaway is that performance pressure can be good and bad,” said Marie S. Mitchell of the University of Georgia. “For organizations, understanding performance pressure and its effects is critical because it has a definite impact on how employees perform.”

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