How to reduce anxiety and stress at work

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Work related stress can reduce productivity on the job and has the potential to become a hazard at a worksite. There are a few simple steps that you can undertake to ensure your organisation follows mental health best practices and contributes to a strong OHS culture.


Some guidelines for organisations include (Victorian Workplace Mental Wellbeing, 2018);

  • Develop a mental health strategy
  • Develop and promote positive mental health in the workplace
  • Be a positive leader
  • Effective communication
  • Employee recruitment
  • Support and develop employees.


VicHealth published ideas on how employers and employees can manage workplace stress (VicHealth, 2018).


  • Effectively managing their employees, which includes ensuring a balanced workload is maintained, provide relevant support and training to employees to do their job and check up on how they are progressing.
  • You can also check out WorkSafe for understanding workplace stress and prevention.


  • Recognising your signs of stress.
  • Think about what causes your stress and how you could minimise the cause or manage it on a personal level.
  • If you need extra help managing your stress, speak to your manager about how to minimise stress at work.
  • VicHealth also recommends bringing your dog to work.


In general, there are a few simple steps that you can do to reduce anxiety and stress both at work and in your personal life. These include;

  • When you recognise that you are stressed, breathe deeply and count slowly from 1 to 10.
  • Continue to breathe deeply until you feel your heart rate is under control.
  • When you feel angry, learn to let it pass.
  • Learn to reduce your stressors and how to cope with it on a personal level.



For more information on how to reduce stress in the workplace please visit

WorkSafe Victoria or Victoria Workplace Mental Wellbeing





VicHealth. (2018, August 16). Reduce your stress at work. Vic, Australia.

Victorian Workplace Mental Wellbeing. (2018, August 16). Resource Centre. VIC, Australia.