At work

Many of us spend a large part of our days at work so your workplace and how we go about doing our work has a substantial impact on our mental health.

While much of our working environment is determined by others, individually we can take steps that will help to protect and enhance our mental health and wellbeing.

Below are some strategies for managing your work role.

Staff talking about mental health

Strategies for managing your work role

  • Limit working extra hours

  • Schedule meetings during core work hours

  • Take regular breaks

  • Try not to take work home

  • Take your holiday leave

  • Set realistic deadlines and deliver on time

  • It's OK to say “no”

  • Have a technology switch-off

  • Make use of EAP (Employee Assistance Program)

  • Flexible working arrangements



Know your workplace rights and responsibilities

Make sure you are clear on rights and responsibilities related to your job. Both employers and employees have formal rights and responsibilities under discrimination, privacy, and work health and safety legislation. Understanding them can help you keep the workplace safe for yourself and others through knowing what your obligations are and being able to spot if your rights have been breached in any way.

Those things not in your control

While there are many things we can do individually to protect and nurture our mental health at work, part of the responsibility rests with your manager. However, you may be able to influence and encourage your manager to deal with issues such as:

  • Clear job descriptions that detail all elements of the role that need to be performed 
  • Regular feedback and performance reviews that let you and your manager raise areas of concern so you can do your best in your job

If you're experiencing any issues in your workplace or about your role, make a time to speak openly with your manager openly about it. Take some time to think about possible solutions and discuss them with your manager.

"A lot of stuff I didn't have time to review in the day, so I ended up taking things home and that started to impact upon the family life at home."