These Working Well resources help workplaces prioritise mental health to ensure employees have improved wellbeing, greater morale and higher job satisfaction.

Minimising and managing workplace stress

High workloads, poor work/life balance and stressful work are the top three causes of poor mental health at work, according to a Mental Health Foundation survey conducted in March 2018. But what is stress, how does work impact stress and how can organisations and their people use the Three Rs, Refuel | Whakatipu, Resolve | Whakatika, and Relax | Whakatā, to get on top of it? This resource offers fact sheets, worksheets and activities for leaders and teams and can be used alone or alongside other tools in the Working Well suite of resources.

Introduction to using this resource

This resource helps you explore what stress is and what organisations and individuals can do to minimise and help manage stress.

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PowerPoint Slides

These slides, in conjunction with the fact sheets and worksheets, can support you to present and run activities around stress in the workplace.

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Stress in the workplace

Job stress is a significant occupational hazard but what is stress, how does it impact work and how can you recognise it?

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Understanding the stress response

Understanding how stress works and why it can be harmful can help you reduce the harm.

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Reducing the impact of stress – The Three Rs

A combination of the three Rs – Refuel | Whakatipu, Resolve | Whakatika, and Relax | Whakatā – can help workplaces and people reduce the impact of stress.

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Tank on empty?

Identify what stress looks like for you and the warning signs to look out for.

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Refuelling the tank – fuel in, fuel out (Individual)

Assess your levels of stress and understand when to take action.

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Workplace fuel consumption (Workplace)

Helps managers, team leaders and others look at how their workplace can energise and fuel, rather than drain, their people.

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Finding balance: Te Whare Tapa Whā (Individual)

Identify different things you can do to nurture and keep yourself well.

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Finding balance: Te Whare Tapa Whā (Workplace)

Helps identify different things workplaces can do to create a positive culture and support their people’s mental wellbeing across all domains of life.

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Identifying your challenges & practising balanced thinking

The way we think about challenges changes how we respond.

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Acceptance and change

The things that cause us stress are rarely black and white, so a combination of acceptance and change strategies is often needed to help us cope.

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Working backwards to a solution

Supports you to resolve issues by focusing on solutions and working backwards from there. Provides a good way for teams to work on solutions, too.

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Switching on your relaxation response

Switching on your relaxation response helps focus your mind on thoughts or actions that feel good – interrupting stressful thoughts and feelings.

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Getting help and advice

Find other resources to support mental wellbeing at work and help people and workplaces minimise and manage stress.

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Reference list

Reference list for the Minimising and managing workplace stress resource.

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Full Resource

Download the full set of resources via Zip file.

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