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Stress bragging undermines modern workplaces, making individuals appear less competent

Jessica Rodell, a professor at UGA's Terry College of Business, discusses "stress bragging" in workplaces, describing it as boasting about one's stress levels as a badge of honor. She explains that stress bragging often stems from a desire to prove one's value and competence by highlighting workload and responsibilities. However, her research shows that this behavior can backfire, making individuals appear less competent and liked by colleagues.

Moreover, stress bragging tends to increase stress levels in others, contributing to a more stressed workplace culture. Rodell emphasizes that while it's acceptable to discuss stress empathetically, boasting about it can have detrimental effects on both personal and workplace well-being.

Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!
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