Pessimism and anxiety can improve performance

April 1, 2015 12:18 PM

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Pessimism and anxiety can improve performance

Most people seek to project an upbeat, confident attitude on the job. But sometimes it is better to be a worrywart.

While ample research has documented the benefits of optimism at work, dozens of studies in the past several years have explored the flip side of the coin—how a moderate amount of pessimism can yield better performance.

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