In many work situations, our stress responses can cause our performance to suffer. The best tactic is to adopt a calm, rational, controlled, and sensitive approach when dealing with difficult problems at work.
Stress can cause us to respond to situations aggressively, which can harm our social relationships, or to become passive and withdrawn, in which case we may fail to assert our rights when we should. However, the pressures and demands that may cause stress can sometimes be positive in their effect. For example, an athlete may flood his body with fight-or-flight adrenalin to power an explosive performance. Deadlines, and the pressure that they create, can push unmotivated people into action.