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New research shows effective ways to reduce burnout, stress and fatigue

Improving mental health and wellbeing in your workplace can increase productivity, job satisfaction and engagement. As a business owner, you may not have the time or resources to carry out multiple strategies in your small business, so focusing your energy on the latest research findings can be a great place to start.

Please remember these strategies can only help so much if you do not address the root cause/s of your business stress. It’s important to address the business factors that may lead to stress and burnout such as high workload and poor work-life balance. You can identify the root cause/s of your business stress by using the Business Stress Test.

A researcher at Monash University has reviewed over 80 studies to find the most successful strategies for improving mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. Research Fellow Alexandra Waddell looked for strategies that most frequently had a positive effect on workplace mental health.

Mindfulness and education were most often found to improve mental health and wellbeing, as well as helping to combat stress, burnout and fatigue. Three key strategies that you can get started with today are:


Mindfulness and meditation were the most effective workplace mental health strategies. Mindfulness is all about slowing down and bringing your awareness to what you are doing, which can be helpful in relieving stress and anxiety. You can find out more about mindfulness in the below Ahead for Business article.


Being informed will help you better understand and respond to mental health and wellbeing in your small business. Business Wellbeing Online Training helps small business owners build their knowledge and skills around mental health at work.

Business Wellbeing Online Training

Everyone has a role to play in creating a mentally healthy workplace. This training provides tailored information and tools for small business owners and their employees to help improve wellbeing at work.


As well as benefitting your physical health, exercise can also improve your mental health and wellbeing. Research also shows that it has a variety of benefits on workplace mental health. Incorporating exercise into your day is a great way to improve your mood and stress levels.

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