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Work demands

Work demands are one of the most common sources of workplace stress and psychological harm.

Workers who experience high work demands such as excessive workloads, resource constraints or time pressures can often feel overwhelmed or unable to cope. Those experiencing low work demands like, repetitive or monotonous tasks, can often feel disengaged or underutilised.


Practical guidance

For employers

This guidance is to help employers understand and identify work-related stress, then proactively eliminate, reduce, and manage the risks to prevent harm to workers.

Download employer guidance (PDF, 4.5 MB)

For managers and supervisors

This guidance is to help supervisors understand and identify work-related stress, then take action to eliminate, reduce, and manage the risks to prevent harm to workers.

Download manager guidance (PDF, 3.5 MB)

For workers

This guidance is to help workers understand work-related stress so they can report early issues and concerns and identify how harm can be prevented.

Download workers guidance (PDF, 4.0 MB)

Managing work demands checklist

This checklist provides a starting point for employers, managers, supervisors, and workers to prevent and manage the risks of adverse work demands.

Download checklist (PDF, 279.7 KB)

Page last reviewed: 12 December 2022

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Date printed 21 Apr 2024

https://www.comcare.gov.au/safe-healthy-work/prevent-harm/work-demands-2