Debt and Pressure to Work

Chain Of Custody, Pre Screening, Screening Tests, BreathalyserIf you have ever been in debt, you will understand the immense amount of pressure which you are under to complete job duties in order to receive your wages and pay off your debt. Interestingly, if you have held debt for a long period of time, you can actually have the mental habit of thinking about your debt before you think about your budget. It is a bit of a monster, isn’t it, which consumes everything in its path until it is paid off. This consuming obsession can easily affect work performance and this is a frequent occurrence within a work environment. Everyone is struggling to keep the company alive, so that they receive their allotment of the company revenue, and can hurry home to pay off what they owe to someone else. It is a bit like being stuck between a rock and a hard place.

Studies have shown that motivation to do a good job and excel in your line of work is inversely correlated with monetary incentives. Although the majority of people in developed countries are in some type of debt or ongoing payment situation, it has been scientifically proven that financial incentives only serve to increase willingness to work and/or business loyalty, but it does not affect the quality of work. Employees who are engaged in high hazard industries, or any company using drug and alcohol testing as part of its asset protection, are more likely to work longer hours when incentivized with raise in pay, but may not ever actually increase the quality of their craftsmanship. This is important for two reasons: First, you could save a lot of money by not using this ineffective method. Second, you could increase quality of the job done by making the tasks personal and relevant to the employee, rather than putting the vision of their boss as their first priority.

Interestingly, drug and alcohol screening is most effective in situations where the pressure to work is greatest and the desire to work is lowest. In these situations, employees only show up to work for one reason, money, and their work requirements fall further down on their list of priorities. CMM Technology helps reduce this pressure and helps keep your company safe from over stressed staff members by distributing drug and alcohol testing equipment to your business and training your staff to implement these testing methods. Call us today: (+61) 1300 79 70 30.

“Coping with job stress: Measures and future directions for scale development.” APA PsycNet. N.p., n.d. Web. 9 Oct. 2011. http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/apl/71/3/377/.

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