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It can be physical, mental or both.
Long-term stress or strain increases the risk for both physical and mental injury.

Infographic showing stress's impact on the body, mind, emotions and behaviour

Stress can lead to emotional burnout and physical exhaustion. If ignored, over time stress can turn into mental or physical injury. The most common injuries are:

  • depression,

  • anxiety,

  • cardiovascular illness and/or musculoskeletal injury.

Stress is our body’s response to pressure.

Many different situations or life events can cause stress.

Work-related factors are the parts of our work that are known to impact our stress and wellbeing. They include the type of work that we do, what kind of worker we are – our skills and abilities, and the type workplace environment.

We all deal with stress differently. Our ability to cope can depend on the balance of stress in our work and lives, and is also influenced by our genetics, early life events, personality and social and economic circumstances.

Cartoon of a man struggling to hold up a rock indicating work-related stress

Stress is high

Signs of stress poster

Our research shows that 76% of manufacturing workers experience stress at work.

57% are stressed at least once a week.

Work demands and deadline pressures are the leading causes of workplace stress in manufacturing.

Workm8tes impacted by work-related stress can be off work for an average of 24 days per year due to ill health.

Know how to spots the signs of a stressed M8 and what to do.

It starts with you

Take action now to reduce work-related stress before it becomes a serious physical or mental injury.

You can help your workm8tes maintain a high level of wellness, and prevent work-related stress, and injury by addressing the work-related factors that negatively impact your workm8tes.

Let’s get to it.

Best way to do this?

By designing good jobs and managing the work-related factors that impact your workm8tes.

Don’t worry, we’ve got the intel and the tools for you.

First. Know what it takes to be an awesome supervisor. Take a look at our guides for getting to know yourself, your team8tes, and how you can get the best out of your team8tes and create a no stress, safe and productive workplace.


The best way to tackle stress is to prevent it

Understanding the work-related factors that impact your workm8tes is the first step to tackling the causes of workplace stress.

Learn about the key hazards workers face, how they show up, and what to do about them.

Design better jobs

Good job design removes, reduces, and minimises the work-related factors that cause workplace stress, and amplifies the parts of a job that are positive and fulfilling.

Find out what makes a good job, and take our online job assessment to see how your jobs measure up, and get a tailored action plan to create better, stress free jobs.


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