We have COVID-19 protocols in place - read our update for the latest information.

Managing stress in the workplace – Stress Awareness Month

  1. Home
  2. >
  3. Managing stress in the...


Stress is a common experience in the workplace and can have a significant impact on employees' health, wellbeing, and productivity. Stress Awareness Month, which is observed every April, is an opportunity to raise awareness about workplace stress and promote strategies to manage and reduce it.

What causes workplace stress?

Employees having a conflict at workplace

Workplace stress can be caused by a range of factors, including:

  • Job demands: Heavy workloads, tight deadlines, and unrealistic expectations can lead to stress.
  • Interpersonal conflicts: Conflicts with colleagues or managers can create a stressful work environment.
  • Lack of control: Feeling like you have little control over your work or work environment can lead to stress.
  • Organizational change: Changes in management, restructuring, or downsizing can create uncertainty and stress.
  • Work-life balance: Balancing work responsibilities with personal or family commitments can be a significant source of stress.
  • Safety concerns: Jobs that involve physical danger or the potential for injury can create stress.

How can workplace stress be managed?

Employees sitting together in an office

Managing workplace stress is essential for employee wellbeing, as well as for maintaining a productive work environment. Here are some strategies that employers can use to help manage workplace stress:

  • Encourage open communication: Encourage employees to talk about their concerns and provide support and resources for managing stress.
  • Provide training and support: Offer training and resources on stress management, time management, and work-life balance.
  • Promote a healthy work environment: Provide a safe and healthy work environment, including ergonomic workstations and access to natural light and fresh air.
  • Allow flexibility: Offer flexible work arrangements, such as remote work options or flexible hours, to help employees balance work and personal responsibilities.
  • Encourage breaks: Encourage employees to take regular breaks throughout the workday to rest and recharge.
  • Offer employee assistance programs: Provide access to employee assistance programs (EAPs) that offer counselling and support for managing stress and other mental health concerns.

Stress in the workplace is a significant issue that can impact employee well-being and productivity. By taking steps to manage and reduce workplace stress, employers can create a healthier, more productive work environment. Stress Awareness Month is a reminder that stress is a common experience, but it can be managed effectively with the right support and resources.

Read more:
Top tips for having a conversation about stress

Some businesses we have worked with