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Australians are among the least stressed employees in the world according to a report published by Robert Half. In the global rankings of eight countries, Australia ranks second best (52.4), after the Netherlands (55.9), followed by the UK (52.0), USA (51.5) and Belgium (48.9). Germany tops the list as the country where employees are most stressed (47.6).


Employee workplace stress by country


Stress level

1.       The Netherlands


2.       Australia


3.       UK


4.       USA


5.       Belgium


6.       Canada


7.       France


8.       Germany



Source: Independent survey commissioned by Robert Half based of more than 23,000 office workers globally.

Who are Australia’s most stressed employees?

Age is a key indicator of reduced stress levels. According to the research, the most stressed Australian workers are those aged 18-34 (51.5), followed by professionals aged 35-54 (52.2). Senior workers are the least stressed, with a ranking of 54.7 for workers aged 55+, suggesting experience plays a part in managing stress levels.

Gender has a role in heightened stress levels, as Australian women are more stressed in the workplace then men, ranking their stress levels as 50.1 compared to their male colleagues at 54.6. 

Some industries are more stressful than others, with people working in healthcare industries (47.4), manufacturing (48.0) and human resources (48.5) more stressed than those working in the accounting sector (58.6), administration (57.1) and IT industry (54.7). 

A higher salary doesn’t necessarily equal lower stress, as those on an annual income of $50,000 to $74,999 are the least stressed in the workplace (54.2) compared to those earning $150,000 or more (51.4).

“Stress in the workplace is sometimes unavoidable with many subtle yet insidious contributors,” commented Andrew Morris, director of Robert Half Australia. “Stressed out employees not only negatively affect company performance, but can also impact overall team morale. Eliminating all work-related stress in the office may not be possible, but taking proactive steps to reduce it can improve staff performance, engagement and overall workplace happiness.

“Stress can lead to ‘burn out’ which in turn can contribute to high employee turnover, absenteeism and lost productivity,” Morris added. “The most successful companies have systems in place to effectively monitor and manage stress levels, whether in the form of seeking regular employee feedback or increasing temporary staff headcount to help manage high workloads. Other company initiatives include offering employees increased sick leave, sabbaticals, or encouraging more social activities with staff outside the office.”



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