DETROIT (WWJ) – New research from Michigan State University shows people who help co-workers too much can hurt their own job performance.
Researcher and MSU professor Russell Johnson says it may make them less effective at work.READ MORE: U Of M Establishes New Sexual Misconduct Policy For Employees, Students
“The more employees devote time and attention to helping co-workers with their jobs, obviously that led them to be kind of mentally depleted or mentally fatigued and they were less able to focus on their own tasks afterward,” said Johnson.READ MORE: AG Nessel Reissues Consumer Alerts Amid Flooding, Power Outages In Michigan
He says while the effect of switching gears between projects can have some fallout there can also be some benefit.MORE NEWS: 17-Year-Old Charged In Non-Fatal Shooting In Detroit
Johnson says, when helpers are thanked or made aware of the positive results of their actions, it can minimize and may even reverse the effects of depletion.