Our Story






Taking Care of Number One: The Yerkes-Dodsons Law

Every year I ask my college students the same bonus question on one of their final exams. The question reads: “Who is number one?” More than half of my students will respond, “You are, Al!” I smile, sit back and say, “Yeah, you know it!”

Have you ever felt guilty when you placed your own needs before the needs of someone else? Well, the reality is you have to take care of yourself.

We live in such a fast-paced world. It can be difficult to take care of ourselves when we feel that we are being pulled in so many different directions. The continuous demands of work, family and relationships can cause significant stress. Many people simply accept high levels of stress as being a normal part of life. This is unfortunate, because while some stress can be positive, too much stress impacts our overall ability to perform.

The Yerkes-Dodsons law

The Yerkes-Dodsons law, developed by psychologists Robert M. Yerkes and John Dillingham Dodson, demonstrates the relationship that exists between stress and performance. This law states that we need moderate levels of stress to motivate us. However, too much stress will impair our ability to perform.

Make. Work. Better.

This is an exclusive subscriber-only story

Subscribe Today

To discuss re-use of this material, contact us.

Already a Subscriber? Log in.

Reuse and Permissions: Unauthorized distribution, transmission, reuse or republication of any and all content is strictly prohibited. To discuss re-use of this material, please contact: copyright@yourworkplace.ca ; 877-668-1945.

Headshot of Allan Kehler
Allan Kehler
religious beliefs

Culturally Diverse Workplaces are Rich

Canadian society is becoming increasingly diverse. In many cases, an individual’s religious observances will primarily occur outside of the workplace. However, there will be some

grieving at work

Planning For The Unexpected

Recently, there were three unexpected deaths of a senior executive: Canaccord Genuity CEO, Paul Reynolds, Survey Monkey CEO, David Sandberg and American Express President, Ed