How to reduce workplace stress

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Work stress can stem from many causes: long hours, heavy workload, job insecurity and conflict with colleagues. Not only does this have detrimental effects on the individual, but to the organisation that is at risk of a decrease in employee morale and productivity.

Here’s what employers and colleagues can do to reduce stress in the workplace:

Be clear

Ensure all employees are aware of their job role and tasks for the day. Consider having a quick team meeting each morning to share big points for the day and keep everyone on the same page.

Be supportive

Keep an eye on your colleagues and be mindful of their workloads. Sometimes just asking a co-worker if they need help will make them feel better and more supported by the team.

Don’t apply undue pressure

No good comes from making demands or setting deadlines which can’t be met. When setting a goal, ensure it is SMART: specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound.


Keep an eye on your colleague’s mental health. Has there been a change in their behaviour? If you’re concerned your colleague is struggling, it might be time to have a brave conversation with them.


Form a plan of action to rectify the situation. This could be as simple as setting up daily meetings, or starting a shared jobs drive. Talk to your colleagues and formulate a plan that will best suit the needs of your team.