Being Grumpy At Work Might Actually Make You MORE Productive

Keen to try this out?

Hayley Mitchelhill-Miller

28 July 2018

Hayley Mitchelhill-Miller

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I’ve been called grumpy many a time, and although my partner thinks it can be cute when I get grumpy (to an extent), I’m pretty sure my boss wouldn’t agree. 

Which makes this new research seem so much harder to believe, because apparently being in a grumpy and bad mood while you’re at work can actually make you MORE productive!


The study was published in Personality and Individual Differences and found that bad moods can lead to better focus, organisational skills, and ‘executive function’. 

On the flip side, good moods actually dampen these traits!

95 participants were studied by researchers from the University of Waterloo, looking at how they coped with a series of tests depending on their mood. 

They were also asked to complete a questionnaire on their mood and emotional reactivity during the test period. 

They were broken into two categories of emotional reactivity: hight-reactive (extroverts) and low-reactive (introverts). 


Before you go jumping around saying this all applies to you - stop. 

The findings showed that the whole ‘being grumpy makes you more productive’ only applied to extroverts. 

For introverts, a bad mood made them shut down and they weren’t able to do much at all. 

The study’s co-athor, psychology Professor Tara McAuley, said, “Our results show that there are some people for whom a bad mood may actually hone the kind of thinking skills that are important for everyday life.

"We know that emotional reactivity differs from person to person starting at a very early age and that these individual differences have implications for mental health later in development.

“We shouldn't interpret the results as saying it's fine to fly off the handle or overreact, or to be grouchy.”

More research needs to be done to test the findings on a larger sample size, but hey, this might be your excuse to be grumpy all day. 


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