Workplace stress contributes more to poor job performance than worries about finances or problems at home, according to a study released Wednesday by the Integrated Benefits Institute.

Relying on employees' self-reported ratings of how often the employee was not careful, had difficulty concentrating, got less done than others and at times got no work done, IBI reported that the ratings declined as stress on the job increased.

Of those who reported a stress-free workplace, 68 percent worked at or above the average of those studied; 41 percent of those who reported an often stressful environment performed worse than the average worker.

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